Naveen Bharat Editorial
SRINAGAR: Amid escalation in militancy violence in Kashmir over the past few days, a terrorist was killed while another managed to escape after a brief encounter with security forces in Natipora area of Srinagar on Friday evening.
A police officer said the terrorists fired upon a police party, which in retaliation killed a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) member. “Another terrorist managed to escape from the area,” he said, adding that arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site.
Contingents of police and CRPF personnel reached the area and launched a cordon and search operation to nab the absconding terrorist. In the identity card found from the slain terrorist, his name has been given as Aaqib Bashir Kumar, a resident of Tranz, Shopian.
The encounter follows the killing of seven civilians, including three minority community members and a non-local street vendor from Bihar, by terrorists within a week in Kashmir. Security has been tightened and patrolling intensified in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley following the killing of civilians.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to discuss the security situation with Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday in the wake of targeted killings in the union territory, especially of Hindus and Sikhs. Top officials of the Union Home Ministry, intelligence agencies and the Jammu and Kashmir administration are expected to attend the meeting in New Delhi.