Badigam gunfight: 5 militants killed, operation over, says DGP

A security person stands guard during an encounter between security forces and militants took place at Drabgam in South Kashmir

The Indian troops killed three youth during a violent cordon and search operation in Chattabal area of Srinagar a day earlier.

A police official said the identity and the group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir S P Pani said the police made repeated attempts to to persuade the professor to surrender, but to no avail.

Five terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian on Sunday.

The family of Muhammad Rafi Bhat from the Sociology department told University authorities that he had been missing since Friday.

Bhat was killed in the encounter along with four other militants. "The gunfight is still on", he said, adding that further details were awaited.

All exit points were sealed, they said, adding that when the security forces were moving towards a particular area in the village, the militants hiding there opened fire. The police has called it an accident also said it has taken cognisance of the matter and pioneered legal activity.

One Army personnel and one policeman have sustained injuries during the encounter.

Five civilians, identified by the locals as Zubair Ahmad, Nissar Ahmed Kumar, Adil Ahmed Sheikh, Sajad Ahmad Rather and Asif Ahmad, were declared dead in different hospitals in Shopian and Srinagar.

Kashmir University has suspended class work for two days from tomorrow as a precautionary measure and postponed all examinations scheduled to be held tomorrow.

However, this morning Bhat was among the militants trapped in an encounter in Badigam village in Zainapora area of south Kashmir's Shopian district.

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