An Army Major was injured as fierce gunfight broke out between government forces and militants at Kakpora town in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district late on Wednesday evening, even as authorities snapped internet services across the district. A police official said: “A joint nakka party of police, army and paramilitary forces observed some suspicion movement near New Colony Kakpora at around 8 pm. Forces cordoned off the area and launched searches to nab the militants.
He said the generators were put into service and areas sealed with spools of concertina wire. “At around 9 pm, a contact was established with the hiding militants and the exchange of firing started,” the police official said. He said an Army Major of 50 Rashtriya Rifles, identified as Major Kartik, was injured in the initial round of firing. “The Major was hit by a bullet in his hand as forces zeroed in on the houses where the militants were believed to be holed up,” the official said, adding, “The injured Major was provided first-aid and is stable.” Sources said two to three local LeT militants are believed to be trapped in the area. Earlier, as the cordon was being laid, announcements were made from Public Address System (PAS) of Masjids asking people to come out to help the militants escape. Braving heavy rains, people came out chanting pro-freedom slogans and hurled stones on forces in bid to break the cordon. “They tried to march towards the encounter site but the forces lobbed teargas shells to disperse them,” witnesses said. The exchange of fire was on when this report was filed. “The militants are trapped and the encounter is on,” Deputy Inspector General (south Kashmir range), SP Pani confirming injury to the Army Major, he said he is being treated and his condition is stable. Soon after the gunfight broke out, authorities snapped internet services in the entire Pulwama district, locals said. Meanwhile, forces also launched cordon and search operation in Heff village of Shopian district late Wednesday evening.