Two of three militants have been killed in an encounter at Handwara in the frontier district of north Kashmir, officials said Thursday. One of the men is scholar-turned-terrorist Manan Wani. There have been reports of stone pelting at the site to aid the terrorists escape.
Police and other security forces cordoned off a village following intelligence inputs about presence of Wani along with two others, they said. Police was making repeated announcements on public address system appealing to the militants to surrender, they said. There was a lull in firing at around 9 am, prompting the police to initiate search operation at the encounter site, but the same had to be suspended after firing resumed after 15 minutes, the officials said.
Wani, who was enrolled as a PhD scholar with the Aligarh Muslim University joined militant ranks in January this year. -- PTI