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Policeman killed, 5 security men injured in Srinagar gunfight

Srinagar : A policeman of the Special Operation Group (SOG) was killed and five security men were injured in a gunfight that raged in a Srinagar’s congested Batamaloo locality on Sunday morning. The gunfight started around 4 am when joint teams of the J&K Police and CRPF launched a cordon and search operation after inputs about presence of two to three militants in the area.
“The CASO turned into a gunfight when hiding militants fired indiscriminately upon the security forces. In the initial gunfight, three policemen and an equal number of the CRPF men were injured. One of the injured policemen later succumbed to injuries,” a senior security officer said.
There has been no fresh exchange of fire between the two sides as militants in the area may have escaped from the gunbattle site taking advantage of darkness. However, the search operation is going on in the area.The slain cop was identified as Selection Grade Constable Parvaiz Ahmed, a resident of village Dandote in Rajouri district.  A police spokesman in Srinagar said militants were hiding in a house which had a proper hideout. “While the searches in the area were going on, terrorist hiding in a house fired indiscriminately on the security forces. However, security forces exercised maximum restraint in retaliation considering the residential population and other civil establishments around the area,” the spokesman said.
The police also detained two accomplices of the militants.
“Incriminating material was recovered from the site of encounter. Besides two accomplices of the terrorists have been detained,” he said. A group of youth later pelted the security forces with stones near the encounter site.

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