CRPF man killed in J&K encounter resumed duty 10-day before attack

By: Express News Service | Srinagar | Published: May 13, 2018 1:54:36 am

As the joint security forces zeroed in on a house, where the militants were reported to be hiding, the militants resorted to indiscriminate firing. (Representational/Express photo/Shuaib Masoodi)

Just 10 days after J D Mandeep Kumar returned to Kashmir to join his 182 Battalion of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) after a week-long holiday, he was killed during an encounter with the militants in Pulwama district, officials said on Saturday.

Kumar was part of the joint operation of security forces — Jammu and Kashmir Police, 55 Rashtriya Rifles of the Army and CRPF’s 182 and 183 Battalions —that had cordoned off Takiya village in Pulwama on Friday night after intelligence inputs on presence of at least three militants.

As the joint security forces zeroed in on a house, where the militants were reported to be hiding, the militants resorted to indiscriminate firing. “In the initial exchange of fire, one CRPF jawan, identified as J D Mandeep Kumar of 182 Battalion of CRPF, sustained injured and he later succumbed,” a police spokesperson said, adding that the militants managed to escape in cover of the darkness.

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