Srinagar: Police on Wednesday issued the following statement about the Shopian gunfight during which two militants and a civilian were killed and three civilians including two young ladies were injured.
“On specific information, the joint party of Police Shopian, 44 RR and 14 Bn CRPF laid a cordon at Chaigund area of Shopian in South Kashmir. The hiding militants under the clad of Burka tried to break cordon and fired indiscriminately on the search party. The security forces retaliated during which Burka-clad militants were forced to go back into hiding. During indiscriminate firing by the militants and the retaliatory fire one civilian namely Shakir Ahmad Mir resident of Kalampora Pulwama got killed and two ladies namely Sabreena Jan and Sumi Jan both the residents of Keegam Shopian received bullet injuries. The injured ladies were taken to SMHS hospital where from they were shifted to SKIMS Soura for specialised treatment .”
“It is pertinent to mention here that the injuries are not the result of law & order situation as was initially reported by some media circles as Sumi Jan was a resident of the house in which the encounter is on and Sabreena Jan is a sister of HM militant Sameer Wani who is also reportedly hold up inside the house. So far one AK 47, one INSAS and two dead bodies of militants have been recovered from the encounter site, whose identities are being ascertained.”
“Meanwhile it is pertinent to mention that during initial phase of operation miscreants tried to disrupt the operation by heavy stone pelting on the security forces.”
“Till filing of this report the operation was underway and further details will follow.”