|One soldier martyred, Hizbul commander Azad Lalhari killed in Pulwama encounter|
|Early Times Report|
Pulwama, Aug 12: Top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Azad Lalhari was killed on Wednesday in an encounter with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A soldier was also martyred and another injured in the encounter.
Lalhari was the successor of Riyaz Naikoo as the chief commander at HM and was the most-wanted local militant commander in Kashmir, police sources said. Six FIRs were lodged against Lalhari for killings by militants, . He was involved in the killing of Head Constable Anoop Singh in Pulwama town on May 22 when he fired at a naka party. Lalhari had started as an overground worker of the Hizbul, for which he was detained under the Public Safety Act. After serving his PSA detention, he had joined the Hizbul ranks.
“Security forces had launched a search operation in an orchard in Kamrazipora village of Pulwama in the early hours of the day on receiving information about the presence of militants there,” news agency said.
It further reported that the officials said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire on the personnel, injuring two soldiers. The injured were rushed to an Army hospital, where one of them succumbed, officials said.
One AK along with grenades, pouches and other war-like stores were recovered, as per a statement from the Northern Command.
The joint operation, which was launched yesterday by Jammu and Kashmir Police and Indian Army in Budgam, is under progress, Chinar Corps of the Indian Army said.