SOG man, army soldier injured in ongoing Shopian gunfight

Clashes ensue; additional reinforcement including paratroopers rushed to the site

Srinagar, May: A policeman of SOG and an army soldier were injured in an ongoing encounter at Badigam area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Sunday.

Official sources said that the SOG personnel namely Anil Kumar and a soldier of 44 RR wounded critically in the firefight.

Both the injured were immediately evacuated to 92 base military hospital here, a police officer while confirming the incident said.

Meanwhile, clashes erupted near Badigam and its adjoining areas following the encounter while as forces rushed additional reinforcement of paratroopers, army, CRPF and SOG to the gunfight site in Shopian village of south Kashmir.

Official sources said that the youth took to streets and pelted stones on the forces near Badigam and the areas adjoining to it. The forces used tear smoke and pellet guns shells to disperse them.

In the meantime, sources said that army’s 23 Para Commandos, 34 RR, 3 RR, CRPF, and SOG rushed to the spot and joined the operation.

The forces according to the sources sealed off the whole area as they suspect the presence of top three to five militant commanders in the area.

When reports last came in the exchange of firing was going on amid intense clashes near the encounter site and areas adjoining to it.

Earlier, the gunfight broke out at Badigam village after army’s 44 RR launched the cordon-and-search operation in the area. (GNS)

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