Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday issued the following statement regarding gunfight in Asthal village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district saying that in view of inputs regarding militants planning to abduct and murder police personnel, exhaustive domination was being carried out by joint forces of Kulgam Police, RR and CRPF from the last few days.
“ On Sunday, 26 April 2020 at about 2000 hrs one of such patrolling party of joint forces was attacked by militants numbering 4 to 6 in between villages Chehlan and Asthal,” said police.
“In the exchange of firing that ensued, one army officer received firearm injuries,” said the spokesman.
“The attack was followed by an exchange of firing between SFs and militants in which SFs confirmed having hit 2 to 4 militants. The exchange of firing stopped around 2200 hrs. Due to the expansive area of search, undulating terrain and total darkness, it was decided to carry out a search of the area after first light. When search started in the morning, the dead body of an unknown militant associate along with a pistol and a grenade was recovered,” he said.
“Besides six SIM cards were also recovered from his pocket. While a trail of blood was found leading out of the search area which proved that apart from the militant associate killed, one or more militants were injured. The search for injured militants continues,” he added.
“An FIR under relevant sections has been registered in PS Kulgam of Lowermunda,” said a police spokesman in a statement.