Anantnag encounter: Six police personnel including a Sub-Inspector have been killed in a terrorist attack on a police party at Thajiwara Achabal in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. As per the reports by India Today, militants opened indiscriminate fire in the afternoon on a police party, which resulted in five cops being injured. After which all the injured policemen were shifted to hospital where doctors declared them as dead. As per the reports by PTI, Police said that the militants killed policemen and disfigured their faces before walking away with their weapons in Kashmir. Meanwhile, a hunt has been launched to nab the assailants. Security personnel, including from the Army, SOG, CRPF and police, have been deployed for the same.
As per the reports by PTI, Director General of Police S P Vaid said that the Station House Officer (SHO) who is identified as Sub Inspector Feroz Dar was the resident of Pulwama, fell victim to indiscriminate firing from militants. Vaid further informed that among others who were martyred include a driver and four other policemen who were out on a routine exercise in their jeep.
Meanwhile, according to a senior police official, Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashker-e-Taiba is believed to be behind the attack. The encounter at Anantnag’s Arwani in Bijbehara area broke out this morning, in which Junaid Mattoo, was trapped in a building and is believed to have been killed. The official was reported as saying that this terrorist attack was a revenge of the Arwani encounter. Reports suggests that Mattoo is involved in several attacks on security forces in south Kashmir. His body has not be recovered so far and a search operation is underway.
The Valley has been witnessing attacks on regular basis. It has been prone to heavy infiltration of militants from across the Line of Control. Earlier today, two terrorists were killed in a similar encounter in Kulgam district by security forces. There too, a civilian was killed in clashes with security forces. Yesterday, Shabir Ahmad Dar, a policeman, was shot near his house in Boguld village. He was taken to the district hospital, where he died, a police officer said.