Encounter underway in Srinagar's Karan Nagar


At around 4.30 am, the guard at the headquarters of the CRPF's 23 battalion headquarters saw two militants approaching the camp with AK-47 rifles and opened fire at them. Officials said the assailants have been holed up inside an under-construction building in the area.

The security forces used grenades and improvised explosives in the encounter against the militants, who were holed up in the concrete building since Monday morning.

The militants fled from the spot, the spokesman said, adding searches were launched soon after to track down theultras. After the hiding militants were challenged, they fired at the security forces triggering a gunfight. One CRPF jawan died after being grievously injured in the encounter as the attackers took shelter in a building in Srinagar's Karan Nagar area.

Three militants, believed to be members of Afzal Guru squad of Jaish-e-Mohammad, were gunned down in the fierce exchange of gunfire which has been going on for more than 48 hours now. Vehicles have been directed through alternative routes, including Qamarwari and Khanyar areas.

As per reports, several blasts were heard inside the camp, breaking a lull after the initial exchange of fire. They said that the terrorists had made some fidayeen attempts on the security forces' camps in the last two years but they had failed to cause much damage. The dead CRPF constable has been identified as Mujahid Alam from Bihar. "A combing operation is on", he said, adding that they were ascertaining the identity of the slain militants. (File Picture) Troops take position very close to the encounter site in Karan Nagar.

The Karan Nagar camp is barely 300 metres from SMHS Hospital from where a hardened Lashkar-e-Taiba man escaped on February 6 after two of the policemen escorting him were killed by militants.

In the wake of the ongoing operations, the administration has suspended mobile internet services in Srinagar and heavy security has been deployed across state, CNN-News18 reported. The broadband and other leased line internet service was working nearly normally.

Lashkar Kashmir chief Mehmood Shah told a local news that the "freedom fighters" continue to seize control of the stronghold in Karanagar.

# 10:30 AM: Meanwhile, the body of an Army jawan recovered from Sunjwan Army Camp. If India has any guts to face the Mujahideen, we invite you to fight!