Bengali Hunt Desk: Haider, the top commander of the Indian Army Lashkar, was killed in an encounter with militants in Handwara in north Kashmir. Haider is a resident of Pakistan. The army also killed another militant. IG Kashmir Vijay Kumar told this news.
On the other hand, CO 21-RR Colonel Ashutosh Sharma, Major Anuj Sood, Police Sub-Inspector Shakil Kazi, a Lance Naik and a Rifleman were killed in the encounter.
According to police, the encounter started from noon on Saturday in Chanji mohalla of Handwara. The army cordoned off the area to prevent the militants from fleeing. Due to the densely populated area, the army conducted the operation very carefully. Internet service in Handwara has been shut down since the encounter.
An army official said intelligence had revealed that militants had taken a family hostage in a house in Chanji Mahalla in Kupwara district, prompting the army to launch a joint operation to rescue the Kashmiri family.
Five soldiers, including two army officers, were then disconnected. They disappeared. However, the army and police conducted a joint operation and released the family of the prisoner. Five army personnel were martyred in the militant attack. And two militants were killed in the army operation. One of these militants was the top commander of Lashkar.