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Srinagar encounter; CRPF constable martyred, militants holed up in building


Srinagar, A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable was martyred in a fierce encounter which ensued after alert sentry foiled a fidayeen attack on security force camp in Karan Nagar area of the summer capital, Srinagar on Monday. Official sources said that an alert sentry noticed a group of militants approaching towards the camp at Karan Nagar in the city under the cover of darkness this morning. However, the sentry opened fire, they said, adding the militants fled away. Later, security forces cordoned off the entire area and launched a search operation, they said CRPF personnel fired some shots towards a vacant house in the area.However, militants trapped inside also returned the fire, ensuing a fierce encounter, near Government Medical College (GMC) side. The entire area has been sealed after additional security forces and Special Operation Group( SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police personnel were rushed there. We could hear firing from the area, a UNI correspondent said adding all media persons have been stopped at a distance. Traffic in the area has also been diverted through other routes. A CRPF constable Mujahid Khan of 49 Batallion was critically wounded in the encounter, they said adding the injured later succumbed. Militants are holed up in a house, they said adding firing was going on when the reports last came in. it was however, not immediately clear how many militants are trapped inside the building, they said. This was the first encounter after a top militant of Naveed Jatt alias Abu Hanzala of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) escaped from SMHS hospital in the Karan Nagar area, where he was brought for treatment from Central Jail, Srinagar on February 7 after two police personnel, escorting the detenues, were killed. However, police later arrested two militants and as many Over Ground Workers (OGWs) who helped Naveed to escape. A day Rs 35 lakhs were looted from an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) of State Bank of India (SBI) in the area.

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