Three terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), including the killer of government employee Rahul Bhat and singer Amreen Bhat, are trapped in an encounter that is underway at Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam on Wednesday, 10 August.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Waterhail in Khansahib area of the district following information about the presence of terrorists.
"Three terrorists of terror outfit LeT (TRF) including terrorist Lateef Rather trapped in ongoing encounter. Terrorist Lateef is involved in several civilian killings including Rahul Bhat and Amreen Bhat," ADGP Kashmir said in a statement.
Rahul Bhat, a Kashmiri Pandit, was shot down by terrorists inside the Tehsil office in Chadoora in Budgam on 12 May. The Kashmiri Pandit community had held massive protests against the killing of Bhat, who had got the job of a clerk under the special employment package for migrants in 2010-11.
Days later, TV artiste Amreen Bhat was shot dead by LeT terrorists inside her house at Chadoora in Budgam district. Her 10-year-old nephew was also injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, an IED weighing approximately 25 to 30 kgs was recovered near Tahab Crossing on circular road in Pulwama by the police and security forces, averting a major tragedy.