Handwara gunfight: Police version

Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday issued a statement regarding the gunfight in north Kashmir’s Handwara area.

The spokesman said that refer to our earlier press note on Handwara; in this regard, it is further informed that two militants were killed in the encounter with security forces. Moreover, one Jawan of CRPF identified as Sham Narayan Singh Yadav who was injured earlier was also killed.

Bodies of both the militants were recovered from the site of encounter. Their identities and affiliations are being ascertained.

This operation posed considerable difficulties to the security forces due to the topography of the area. The area where the militants were hiding was very congested and civilians in the adjoining houses had to be evacuated to the safer places away from the site of encounter.

Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. Police have registered a case in this matter and the incriminating materials retrieved from the site of the encounter have been taken in the case records for further investigation and to probe their complicity in other cases.

Citizens are requested not to venture inside the encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosives materials if any

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