Indian Army pays tribute to soldier martyred in Tral encounter

Indian Army pays tribute to soldier martyred in Tral encounter

The police sources said that the Army used helicopters to locate the fleeing militants and then the ground forces took on them.

Four militants including two cops were killed in a deadly gunfight between militants and government forces in Kashmir's Pulwama district at Lam village of Tral on Tuesday.

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A police official said acting on specific information, army, police and paramilitary CRPF men launched combing and search operation in Lam forest area of Tral in Pulwama district early this morning to flush out the militants hiding there.

Police personnel pay tribute to Constable Lateef Gojri at a wreath laying ceremony in Tral, Kashmir, on Tuesday.

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"An army soldier was injured in the brief firing exchange. An army soldier, Ajay Kumar, and the policeman, Latif Gojri, succumbed to their injuries in a Srinagar hospital", a police officer said.

In the encounter that ensued, which went on for almost three hours, four militants were gunned down.

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Authorities rushed reinforcements of police and soldiers and cordoned off the area, sparking fierce exchange of gunfire in which a militant was killed, police said. Wani was killed by security forces in July 2016. Of the two local militants killed, one was said to be relative of a top commander who was killed in an encounter earlier.

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