An Army Captain was martyred today in a fierce gunbattle with terrorists that had been on for more than 16 hours now in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pampore. Two security personnel and a civilian were also killed yesterday in the ensuing encounter.
The 23-year-old officer, Captain Pawan Kumar, who was from Jind district of Haryana, was the head of the Para Special Force team that carried out the operation.
The terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy along the Srinagar-Jammu highway and then sneaked into a nearby building – Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) – in Pampore.
Captain Kumar of 10 PARA was critically injured in a gunfight when he along with a group of special force personnel, after evacuating the entire area, stormed the government building late last night where terrorists are believed to be holed up.
Around 20 people including government employees who were trapped inside the main building of the complex were evacuated, officials said. About 90 others were taken to safety from nearby buildings including a hostel.
“Three to five terrorists are still holed up in the complex. More than 115 civilians who were trapped have been evacuated,” senior police officer Javid Gilani had said.
Some of the employees who came running from the building complex told that it was ‘a narrow escape’ for all those present inside the building when terrorists came in.
Army personnel, whose elite 15 Corps headquarters is located barely 10 km from the encounter site, were rushed to assist the local police and the CRPF.