Srinagar, Feb 22: Intermittent exchange of fire began Monday morning between holed up militants and the security forces in Pampore town of Kashmir where a group of heavily armed guerrillas is holed up for the last three days, police said.
“Intermittent firing exchanges have started at the JKEDI (Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute) complex in Pampore on Monday morning,” a senior police official said.
About 120 trainees and staff members were safely evacuated from the complex before the security forces started the flushing out operation against the guerrillas.
The slain people include Abdul Gani Mir of Gundipora Pulwama, JKEDI gardener, captain Pawan Kumar of 10 para regiment belonging to Jind (Haryana), captain Tushar Mahajan of nine para regiment belonging to Udhampur town of Jammu region, Lance naik Om Prakash of nine para regiment, head constable Bhola Prasad and driver constable R. K. Rana, both of the CRPF.
A CRPF spokesman who initially told reporters that a guerrilla had been killed in the gunfight later denied it saying there had been some confusion about it.