Jammu: Two CRPF Inspectors and two officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed and five other security personnel injured in the gunfight at Babagund area of Kralgand in Handwara in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.
A civilian, Waseem Ahmad Mir, was killed as well in the clashes that broke out near the encounter site between the forces and youth. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
The two police personnel who died in the operation have been identified as SgCt Naseer Ahmad Kholi and SgCt Ghulam Mustafa Barah, while the two CRPF personnel have been identified as Inspector Pintu and Ct Vinod.
Official sources said the CRPF and the Army personnel went to retrieve the militant bodies amid a lull, one of the two militants, earlier believed to be dead stood up and fired indiscriminately.
The operation at Handwara is still on.
"Citizens are requested not to venture inside encounter zone since such an area can prove dangerous due to stray explosive materials. People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials if any," said a statement from the Police.
The encounter broke late last night after the joint team of the Army's 22 RR, 92 Battalion CRPF and SOG launched a cordon-and-search operation at Khanan Babagund in Langate.
All the injured were taken to district hospital Handwara for treatment.