-At least 20 people, including three Army personnel Martyred, four civilians and 13 terrorists, were killed in the encounters.
–Security forces eliminated two terrorists who abducted and killed Lt Ummer Fayaz in May 2017.
The encounters took place in three different areas — Draggad, Kachdoora and Dialgam — in the two districts
In one of the biggest anti-terror operations in recent years in the state, at least 20 people — three Army personnel, four civilians and 13 terrorists — were killed and more than 50 others were injured in South Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts on Sunday.
As soon as reports of the pre-dawn crackdown by a joint team of the Army, Jammu and Kashmir Police and Central Reserve Police Force spread, clashes erupted between security forces and civilians, who came out of their houses and tried to shield the terrorists, according to police. In retaliatory firing by security forces, four civilians were killed and over 50 others were wounded. Some of them received pellet injuries and were admitted to hospital in Shopian, the police said.
The encounters took place in three different areas — Draggad, Kachdoora and Dialgam — in the two districts, in which a total of 13 terrorists was killed, said J&K DGP SP Vaid. Seven terrorists were killed at Draggad and five at Kachdoora in Shopian, while one was killed at Dialgam in Anantnag, Vaid said, adding that a terrorist surrendered when his parents appealed him at the encounter site.In a major success, security forces eliminated two terrorists, identified as Ahmad Malik and Rayees Thokar, who abducted and killed Lt Ummer Fayaz in May 2017 when the Army officer had gone to his hometown in Shopian to attend a wedding, Vaid said.
Vaid said an SSP made special efforts to persuade the terrorists to surrender at Dialgam by calling their family members to ask them to surrender. “Instead of surrendering, one of the holed up terrorists opened fire, prompting security forces to open fire and kill him,” Vaid said.IG SP Pani said internet services were suspended in four south Kashmir districts. “Train services were cancelled as clashes erupted between miscreants and the police at various places in Srinagar. Dozens of vehicles were damaged at Rambagh and other areas of the city. Authorities ordered the closure of all colleges and schools in the Valley on Monday,” Pani added.
At a joint press conference at Awantipora in Pulwama district, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Commander of the Army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said: “Today is a very special day for security forces. Sunday was the biggest anti-militancy operation in the Kashmir Valley in a long time.” Lt Gen AK Bhatt, however, regretted the death of three Army personnel in the encounter at Kachdoora in Shopian.