Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, including the militant outfit's Divisional Commander Shakoor Dar, were killed in a gunfight with government forces, while another surrendered, in Kulgam district of south Kashmir on Sunday, Police said.
The police said that a tip-off had been received about the presence of some militants at Cheddar village in Qaimoh of Kulgam district Sunday afternoon, after which a crack team of Police, along with the Army and the CRPF, cordoned off the suspect house.
Appeals were made to the militants to surrender but they opened fire at the government forces, triggering a gunfight, Police said.
Shakoor Dar, Divisional Commander of LeT, was killed in the gunfight along with another militant.
The identity of the second militant killed in the gunfight is yet to be ascertained.
Police said the third militant was captured along with arms and ammunition.
"We followed the Standard Operating Procedure during which two militants were killed and one, who had joined militancy recently, surrendered. He has been taken into custody," Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Swayam Prakash Pani said here.
Police did not reveal the identity of the captured militant.
As the gunfight was on, clashes between groups of youth and government forces were reported from the area, a Police official said, adding the government forces used excessive force to quell the protests.
The government forces have been carrying out operations to sanitise the Jammu-Srinagar highway ahead of the annual Amarnath pilgrimage, beginning June 28, a senior Police official said.
Meanwhile, Police said it arrested 2 Over Ground Workers of the militants and recovered a live grenade from their possession.
Police said at 12 noon, a joint checkpoint was put in place by Police and 1st RR at Tulkhan crossing new the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
“During checking, two persons were found roaming around suspiciously. The cordon party apprehended them tactfully and they were searched. One live grenade was recovered from their possession. They were identified as Amin Ahmad Sofi, son of Abdul Jabar of Charligund Awantipora and Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Ahmad of Chechikot Awantipora,” Police said.
It said investigation revealed they were assisting the HM militant Hamad Khan operating in Tral area and were involved in the grenade attack at Goriwan Bijbehara on May 23.