JK Policeman and a CRPF Jawan injured in encounter with militants at Nawakadal, Srinagar

Mobile internet, calling facility snapped

The J&K police on Tuesday said it had engaged militants in an encounter in a densely populated area in Srinagar, forcing authorities to snap mobile Internet and calling facilities.

“An encounter has started at Kanemazar Nawakadal area of Srinagar. The Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Central Reserve Police Force are on the job,” said a police spokesman.

A police official said gunshots were heard during a pre-dawn operation launched around 2 a.m. in the densely populated pocket of the old city in Srinagar.

However, the initial bout of firing was followed by a long silence and a search is on to nab the hiding militants, the police said. The authorities snapped Internet and voice calling on mobile phones “as a precautionary measure”.

Two security personnel — one CRPF jawan and one policeman — sustained injuries in the Srinagar encounter, police officials said.

“A heavy exchange of fire is going on from both sides,” said the police.

Locals said they heard loud explosions near the encounter site. Meanwhile, there was an incident of stone pelting in the old city.

With inputs from The Hindu