Encounter rages in Kupwara


Jehangir Ahmad/ Lolab

Srinagar, Apil 5 (GNS): A gunfight broke out between government forces and a group of militants at Dardpora area of Lolab in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday.

A senior police officer told Srinagar based news agency Global News Service (GNS) that army’s 28 RR cordoned off the forest area near Jindyal hamlet of village Dardpora in the frontier district following specific information about the presence of some militants.

The forces as such intensified the cordon-and-search operation and fired several warning shots towards the suspected spot, the officer said, adding that the militants believed to be two to three in number hiding inside the area opened fire triggering off an encounter.

When reports last came in, the gunfight was going on in the area.

Meanwhile, a live hand grenade was found near a Nallah in Kralpora area of Kupwara district, which was later defused by Bomb Disposal Squad.

The police officer told GNS that police party noticed the suspected device (hand grenade) in the area today morning.

BDS squad was immediately informed about the device following which a team was dispatched to the spot.

It was a live grenade. Bomb disposal squad was pressed into service and the grenade was defused on the spot, the officer said.

However, the blast created the panic in the area. (GNS)