In a pin-pointed operation, the security forces on Sunday avenged the death of their comrade, police constable Saleem Shah, killing within 48 hours, the three terrorists involved in his abduction and murder. The encounter took place in the Kulgam district of Kashmir.

Constable Shah was abducted by militants from his residence in Mutalhama area of Kulgam in south Kashmir on Friday and his body, bearing severe torture marks, was recovered on Saturday. Sources in the security fores said the operation was a signal to all those who want to target the police or Army in future that they would be hunted down at any cost. 

“Three bodies of terrorists recovered with three weapons so far from encounter site,” director-general of police SP Vaid wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, the DGP said the group behind the abduction and killing of the constable were trapped in the encounter at Khudwani in Kulgam.

"The terrorist group that tortured our colleague CT Mohd Saleem of Kulgam and killed him brutally are all trapped in an encounter with J&K Police/Army/CRPF in Khudwani Kulgam," he said.

The three terrorists killed in the encounter include Pakistani Abu Muavia and locals Mudassar and Suhail alias Umar Rashid.

The encounter began this morning as the security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in Khudwani after receiving specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the area.

The search operation turned into a gun battle as the militants fired upon the search party of the forces who retaliated, and in the ensuing gun fight, three militants were killed.

While the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists was yet to be ascertained, the police said on Saturday that those behind the abduction and killing of the constable belonged to Hizbul Mujahideen. 

The “confession” video of constable Shah was made viral by the Hizbul Mujahideen on Saturday as they claimed that Shah had “confessed” about his role in killing of a Pakistani terrorist.

MyNation is in the possession of the video but we won’t run the propaganda of terrorists by showing a helpless policeman being tortured.