Srinagar, July 22: Three terrorists, who abducted and killed a police constable on Saturday in Jammu and Kashmir, were killed in an encounter with security forces on Sunday in a gunfight in Kulgam district.
The Central Reserve Police Force along with the army and the state police launched a search operation on intelligence inputs that the terrorists involved in the killing of the Kulgam police constable were hiding in Kulgam’s Khudwani, 70 km from Srinagar.
Constable Saleem Shah was abducted by terrorists from his residence in Mutalhama area of Kulgam in south Kashmir on Friday and his body , bearing severe torture marks, was recovered yesterday.
While confirming that all the three militants involved in killing of the trainee constable had been eliminated during the gunfight in Khudwani area of Kulgam district, states police chief S.P. Vaid said: “Three bodies of terrorists recovered so far from encounter site”.
Earlier, Vaid on his twitter page said: “Terrorists group that tortured our colleague Mohd Saleem of Kulgam and killed him brutally are all trapped in an encounter with J&K Police/Army/CRPF in Khudwani Kulgam.”
Security forces had surrounded Khudwani area of Kulgam district following information about the presence of militants.
Police said the hiding militants had opened fire on the security forces when the cordon around them was tightened after which an encounter had started.
Trainee constable, Muhammad Saleem Shah had been abducted from his home in Matulhama village of the district on Friday evening.
The bullet riddled body of the constable was found on Saturday in Qaimoh area of the same district.
The trainee constable had come home on leave from Kathua Police Training School.