The Hush Post: Five terrorists have been killed in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Shopian. An assistant professor at Kashmir University is believed to be among the dead. Sources in the police say a top Hizbul commander, who was once close to Burhan Wani, was also among the terrorists engaged in the encounter with security forces, according to reports in a news channel. The police chief of Jammu and Kashmir has tweeted the encounter is now over. The tweet read “Encounter concluded at Badigam Zainpora Shopian, 5 bodies of terrorists recovered. Well done boys – Army/ CRPF/J&K Police”.
Mohammad Rafi Bhat, a professor, had reportedly joined the terrorist group a few years ago, police sources told NDTV. The police had brought in his parents to convince him to surrender but he has refused. Bhat was reportedly meeting Hizbul commander, Saddam Padder, when security forces launched a combined operation.
Acting on a tip-off, soldiers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the army surrounded the Badigam village where the terrorists were hiding. “As the cordon was tightened, the holed-up militants fired, triggering the gunfight,” the police sources added.