Jammu and Kashmir

The gunfight started late on Sunday after security forces, including the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operations Group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), surrounded the village following a tip off that JeM militants were hiding in Pinglan village.

The meet is going be the first of its kind as the appalling attack has diminished all the political boundaries and has made all the parties to collaborate to uproot the terrorism.

After the meeting Rajnath Singh left for Srinagar to take stock of the situation and hold review meetings with senior security, while, a 12-membered National Investigation Agency (NIA) team has also been deployed to assist the Jammu and Kashmir Police in forensic evaluation of the spot.

The terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) planted in a car, which was parked on the road from where 70 vehicles carrying CRPF troopers were to pass. As soon as the convoy got near the car the terrorists triggered the blast and opened fire on the vehicles, which were going towards Srinagar from Jammu.

Police said the precise identity of the slain terrorists was being ascertained. "Arms and ammunition have been recovered from their possession," an officer said.

In his first public meeting after quitting the IAS, Shah Faesal on Monday said Kashmir was a political problem that could not be solved by development packages. India and Pakistan should hold dialogue to resolve issue, he told the rally in his home district of Kupwara in north Kashmir, 100 kms from Srinagar.

Taking the note of Kashmiri Pandits hardships he said, “The Central government is committed to mitigate the hardships of the Kashmiri Pandits, our displaced brothers and sisters and is devoted to restore their pride."

Two terrorists were shot to death, the official said, adding that their identities and group affiliation were being ascertained.