Police officer, terrorist killed in encounter in J&K's Kulgam

According to FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal new date of his visit will be announced later

According to FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal new date of his visit will be announced later

Troops at the site of encounter at Turigam, Kulgam on Sunday.

As per reports, a police officer said that the DSP Operations Aman Thakur received critical bullet wounds in his head during the encounter and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival. The house, where from the militants were firing, was gutted in the encounter. The militants are said to be members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed. Besides, one Army Major and a bodyguard sustained injuries in the gunbattle. Soon after the encounter, dozens of youths took to streets and clashed with forces, who used teargas shells, pellets and live ammunition to disperse them.

Thakur was seriously injured in the neck, and succumbed to the injury when he was being flown to the Army hospital. The other injured Army personnel have been rushed to the military hospital at Srinagar. He was a 2011 batch KPS Officer and had been heading counter terrorism wing of J&K police in Kulgam for past 1.5 years.

Thakur hailed from Gogla village in Doda district, and had been posted in the volatile area of Yaripora for the past two years.

Speaking to news agency PTI, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh said, "It is an unfortunate incident, in which we have lost a courageous officer".

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The encounter took place on Sunday even as a tense atmosphere is prevailing in Kashmir due to rumours on social media that the Supreme Court is going to strike down Article 35A of the Constitution, which, among other things, bars people from outside Jammu and Kashmir from buying property in the state.

Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh could not hold back his emotions while recalling his various meetings with the young police officer. "May you rest in peace young brave-heart", tweeted former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.

Senior police officers shouldering the coffin of DSP Aman Kumar Thakur after wreath laying ceremony who was killed during an encounter with militants at Trigam Village of District Kulgam of South Kashmir in Srinagar on Sunday February 24 2019. South Kashmir deputy inspector general of Police Amit Kumar and a brigadier from Rashtriya Rifles were wounded in the encounter.

The JeM militants were killed within 100 hours of a deadly vehicle bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Lethpora Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel and a local JeM militant, who was the driver of the auto, were killed on February 14.

On February 22, two militants of JeM were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of Baramulla in north Kashmir.

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