With 16 bullets on his body, Chetan Cheetah battles for his life in Kashmir

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The man who staked his life in an encounter with terrorists in Bandipore is still battling for life. He is critical but stable. CRPF Commanding Officer of the 45th battalion, Chetan Kumar Cheetah, who was shot multiple bullets during the encounter and was airlifted from Srinagar to AIIMS Trauma Center in Delhi for further treatment. Today army chief General Bipin Rawat had also gone to visit him at the hospital.

Amid escalating tension across the border in Kashmir, three soldiers and one militant were killed in an encounter in Hajin area of Bandipora district of Kashmir. Six other security personnel and a civilian also suffered injuries in the gun-battle that began in the wee hours today, a police official said.

Security forces cordoned off Parray Mohalla in Hajin area this morning following information about presence of militants there, the official said. He said a gun-battle broke out as the security forces were closing in on the position of the militants. Nine security personnel were injured in the exchange of firing with the militants out of which three later succumbed to injuries.

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One militant, whose identity has not been ascertained yet, was also killed in the operation, he added.

The country has been trying to contain a low-level insurgency in its northernmost region that dates back more than a quarter century. India accuses Pakistan of smuggling in men, equipment and counterfeit cash to back separatist fighters.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have fought two of their three wars since independence over Kashmir, which both claim in full but rule only in part. Four militants and two Indian soldiers were among seven killed in a gun battle in South Kashmir on Sunday.