Pulwama Gunfight Ends: Police issues a statement

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Srinagar:

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the gunfight in Ratnipora area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir.

The spokesman said that based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Ratnipora area of Pulwama, a cordon and search operation was launched in the intervening night jointly by Police and security forces in the area.

As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the militants. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.

In the ensuing encounter, a militant was killed and the body was retrieved from the site of the encounter. His identity and affiliation is being ascertained.

In the encounter two security forces personnel also sustained gunshot injuries and were evacuated to hospital for medical attention, however, one of the injured Baljeet Singh attained succumbed to the injuries.

Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter. Police have registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter, the spokesman added.

Citizens are requested not to venture inside 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 explosive materials if any.

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