Srinagar, Aug 21: One Special Police Officer (SPO) has lost his life in the encounter while another cop was injured and one militant has been gunned down in an encounter in Baramulla district on Tuesday, the first encounter after the revocation of Article370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The identity of the terrorist is yet to be known. The martyred SPO has been identified by the police as Billal.
The police said the injured sub-inspector, Amardeep Parihar, has been admitted to a hospital for treatment.
The gun battle between security forces and armed militants, which had begun on Tuesday evening, had continued into the night.
At 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir police tweeted that the encounter was over.
“Encounter is over. One terrorist killed. Identity being ascertained. Arms and ammunition recovered. Our colleague SPO Billal attained martyrdom. SI Amardeep Parihar injured in the incident is being treated at Army Hospital,” stated the police in the tweet.
The firing had begun with the militants at around 5 p.m. in Old Baramulla.
This was the first encounter between security forces and militants ever since the Union government abrogated special category status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 by reading down Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.
Massive restrictions are in place in Jammu and Kashmir with communication blackout.