JK Police constable Zahir Abbas was killed in the gun fight

A police constable was martyred and two militants killed during an encounter which broke out between militants and security forces in North Kashmir‘s Bandipora district in the morning hours of Sunday.

The security forces had cordoned off Mir Mohalla village in Hajin area of the district after receiving intelligence inputs about the militants’ presence.

The militants opened fire to break the cordon while security forces were engaged in the search operations, triggering a gun battle.

“The security forces started the search operations at around 6.25 am and the militants opened fire from a house at around 8 am,” an official at the Bandipora police control room said. The official said that Jammu and Kashmir Police constable Zahir Abbas was killed in the gun fight.

Meanwhile, clashes were erupted between protesters and security forces after the gunfight raged at the site of the encounter. People took to streets and pelted stones on the forces.

This is the second gun fight in Bandipora this month. On October 11, two Indian Air force commandos along with two militants were killed in an intense gun battle.

The latest development comes after the appointment of Ex- Intelligence Bureau Chief Dineshwar Sharma’ as interlocutor to initiate dialogue with all stake holders in Jammu and Kashmir.

In a recent statement, army chief Bipin Rawat had said that the appointment of interlocutor would not affect the armed force’ operation in the valley where 160 militants have been killed during the year.