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CRPF trooper killed, militants escape in Pulwama gunfight

CRPF trooper killed, militants escape in Pulwama gunfight
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One paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed in a gunfight that had been raging in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district since midnight.

However all three militants trapped in the area have managed to escape. Reports said that the gunfight began around midnight after a joint team of 55 RR, SOG of Jammu and Kashmir and 182 Bn CRPF cordoned off Chinar bagh, Mohalla Takya in Barpora.

They said a CRPF trooper injured in initial exchange of fire has succumbed. He was identified as Mandeep Kumar of 182 BN CRPF.

Meanwhile police said that on late Friday night, a joint patrol of 55 RR, 182 &183 Bn CRPF and Pulwama Police was sent in for carrying out searches inside the village at Chinar Bagh Mohalla Takiya in District Pulwama.

“After receiving a specific tip of about the presence of militants inside the village, a joint team of Army, Police and CRPF began searches inside the village and as soon the search party approached towards the suspect house, the militants hiding inside fired indiscriminately due to which the house owner Bashir Ahmad sustained a shoulder injury and is stated to be stable now”, police said.

Police added that the area was immediately taken into cordon and the searches were intensified. However militants taking advantage of the darkness fled from the spot.  Adding that besides in the initial exchange of fire, one CRPF jawan also sustained injuries and later the CRPF jawan succumbed to his injuries.

The operation was later called off in early morning.

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