Jammu | Jagran News Desk: In a major success, the security forces on Sunday gunned down three terrorists in an encounter in Zadibal area of Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar, said the officials while adding that the operation is still underway.

The officials said that the Indian Army, the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir police had launched a search operation in the Zadibal area of the city after they recieved specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the region.

Two terrorists killed in the encounter were identified as Shakoor Farooq Langoo, Shahid Ahmad Bhat of Semthan Bijbehara while the identity of the third terrorist is yet to be ascertained, the police said while adding that they were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HM/ISJK.

"As per police records, one of the killed terrorist namely Shakoor Farooq Lango was involved in the killing of two BSF personnel at 90ft road in Soura on May 20, 2020 and the snatched AK rifle belonging to the martyred BSF jawan was recovered from the site of encounter," the J-K Police said. 

The officials said that the forces were conducting searches in the area when the terrorists fired upon them. The forces retaliated leading to a gunfight. Looking at the situation, the local administration has suspended mobile Internet services in the city as a precautionary measure and restrictions on the movement of people have also been imposed in most parts in downtown areas of Srinagar, the officials noted.

This month has been a major success for the security forces. Giving a hard-hitting reply to Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, the security forces have eliminated more than 50 terrorists in different operations in the Valley so far.

On Friday, the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir police had eliminated eight terrorists in two different operations in the ValleyThe militants belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba, the officials had said.

"Eight of them who were a threat to the civil society day in and day out... have met their end, which of course does not bring happiness, but is a step forward to further stabilising peace in this region which has been troubled for very long," said Director-General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh.

The police chief complimented the security forces for the operations in a professional manner, especially in view of the militants taking refuge inside a mosque during the encounter at Meej Pampore.

"It is to the credit of the field commanders and the members of forces working on the ground, who despite provocations are always ready to exercise as much restraint as possible," Singh said.

"I compliment the team for this beautiful execution of the operation without any loss and I express my happiness in peoples' satisfaction after the operation," he had added. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma