Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir): A brief encounter broke out between terrorists and a joint team of Army in Mitrigam area of Pulwama in South Kashmir in the early hours of Saturday (March 18), during which the terrorists managed to escape.
Acting on a specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in Pulwama’s Mitrigam village, a cordon and search operation was launched early in the morning, police said. As the search intensified, the hiding terrorists opened fire on the search party, following which a brief encounter broke out in the area.
Police said that after a brief exchange of fire, there was no firing from the other side and no terrorists were found at the encounter site during the search.
A police officer said that during the initial exchange of fire, it seems that the terrorists managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness.
Meanwhile, the State Investigation Agency (SIA) is conducting raids at several places in the districts of Central and South Kashmir as part of its probe into terrorists and separatist cases registered by the SIA.
The raids were carried out in summer capital Srinagar, Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and other districts by sleuths of the probe agency with the assistance of local police and CRPF, sources said.
The SIA teams also raided the residence of Sarjan Ahmad Wage alias Barkati s/o Abdul Raziq Wage, r/o Reben Zainpora, Shopian district.
Official sources said the raids are being conducted in connection with a case already registered with the SIA. “The details of the case will be shared later,” he added.