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Terrorists flee from Kulgam encounter site: sources

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Srinagar: The anti-terror operation in Kulgam district of south Kashmir entered the second day on Thursday as security forces continued search operations to track down terrorists who had briefly engaged in a firefight last night.

There has been no fresh firefight but search operations are still in progress, a police official said.

He said an encounter broke out between security forces and terrorists at Hadigam village on Wednesday night after the law enforcing agencies launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

However, the sources said that terrorists have already fled from the scene.

Meanwhile, police on Thursday claimed to have busted a terror module in the Budgam district, arresting seven alleged terrorist associates. 

“Police in Budgam have busted a terror module by arresting seven terrorist associates in Beerwah area of the district,” a police spokesman said. 

He said the arrested terrorist associates were allegedly involved in the “dissemination of anti-national propaganda by affixing provocative posters” in and around the Beerwah area.

“They have been identified as Romain Rasool Sheikh, Irfan Nazir Sheikh, Rizwan Nazir Sheikh, Sahil Javid Sheikh (all residents of Bonet Beerwah), Jahangir Bashir Mir and Tariq Ashraf Sheikh (both residents of Utligam Beerwah) and Shakir Lateef Pathan (resident of Gandhipora Beerwah),” the spokesman added.

The spokesman said the module was allegedly led by Romain Rasool Sheikh and Irfan Nazir Sheikh, who during investigation, were found to be “brainwashed by Pakistani LeT handlers”.

“It has also emerged that the duo, acting as local motivators, instructed the other five individuals to carry out the assigned tasks,” he added.

The spokesman said incriminating materials have also been recovered from their possession.

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