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J&K: Police officer, Army jawan, 3 JeM terrorists killed in Kulgam encounter

DSP Aman Thakur was awarded Sher-e-Kashmir Medal for Gallantry in recognition of his bravery and courage in anti-militancy operations. Photograph:( WION )

WION Kulgam Feb 24, 2019, 09.34 PM (IST) Written By: Ieshan Bashir Wani

Security forces have killed three Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists during an encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district following an input about their presence in a village. 

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Aman Thakur who led the anti-terror operation in the district and an Army jawan also lost their lives during the exchange of fire.

Police said that after receiving input about the presence of terrorists at Turigam village in Kulgam district, a joint team of forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the village.

The killed terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad terror outfit who recently attacked a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, killing 40 of them. The killings led to an outrage in India and saw condemnations from across the globe. 

Sources told WION that during the initial exchange of fire, DySP Aman Kumar Thakur received critical bullet injuries to which he later succumbs at a hospital. 

Two Indian army men including a major rank officer were also injured in the exchange of fire, one among them is said to be critical.

"We have lost a very brave Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Dy SP Aman Thakur in an encounter with terrorists in Kulgam. Such an irreparable loss for Jammu and Kashmir Police family and nation. Rest in peace dear," tweeted Imtiyaz Hussain, SSP, Security, Kashmir.

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“We have lost a brave officer, his brother is also serving the J&K police. He was a brilliant boy,” J&K police DG, Dilbag Singh told WION.

“DySP Aman Kumar was a 2011 batch KPS Officer who was leading from the front in this operation. He had been heading the counter-terrorism wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police in District Kulgam from last one and a half year and had played an instrumental role in killing the dreaded terrorists in the area,” said a police press release. 

A resident of Gogla district Doda, DySP Aman Kumar is survived by aged parents, wife Sarla Devi and six-year-old son, Arya.