commander Azaad Lalhari and a soldier were killed in an anti-terror operation in
of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district early Wednesday, J&K DGP
said. Another soldier was injured in the
A resident of Pulwama, Azaad Lalhari was involved in the murder of police head constable Anoop Singh on May 22 this year at Prichu, Pulwama, where he fired at a naka party. Six FIRs were registered against him for terror-related killings, and two chargesheets in separate cases were filed. Lalhari was earlier detained under Public Safety Act as an overground worker and became active again after his release, DGP Singh said.
Early on Wednesday, a joint team of Army, CRPF and J&K Police launched a cordon-and-search operation at Kamrazipora area when holed-up terrorists opened fire at the search party, triggering an encounter. In the ensuing exchange of fire, two soldiers were injured and rushed to Army’s 92 Base Hospital, where one of them later succumbed. Security forces found the body of a terrorist near the encounter site, who was later identified as Lalhari, police said.
In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, an Armyman was injured in Sopore area when terrorists allegedly fired upon a team of security forces at Hygam crossing on Wednesday evening, sources said. Soon after, a joint team of Army’s 52RR, CRPF and J&K Police’s special operations group rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area to trace the perpetrators.
Sopore SSP Javid Iqbal, while confirming the massive cordon-and-search operation in the orchards in the area, said, “We are verifying the incident as to whether it was an attack or a case of accidental firing.”