SRINAGAR — One among the four militants trapped in Kanigam area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district surrendered amid the gunfight, officials said on Thursday.
“One militant has surrendered so far,” Inspector-General of Police for Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, said. He identified the militant as Tauseef Ahmad.
Earlier in the day, a gunfight started in the area after a cordon-and-search-operation (CASO) was launched in the area on Wednesday evening. As per police, four newly-recruited Al-Badr militants were believed to be trapped.s
“Gunfight has started now as militants turned down the surrender offer and opened fire and lobbed grenade on joint search party,” police had said earlier.
It followed an earlier statement on Twitter that “four newly recruited local (militants) of Al-Badr outfit (are) trapped in Kanigam area of Shopian. Exercising maximum restraint, Police & security forces are trying their best to persuade them to surrender.”
Police said that families of all the trapped militants were brought to the site in a bid to persuade them to surrender. “They opened fire which has been retaliated, leading to the encounter,” they said. (GNS)