SRINAGAR: A paramilitary CRPF head constable and a militant were killed in an overnight encounter in Malabagh area in Srinagar.
A police official said a joint contingent of police and CRPF men laid siege around Malabagh area near Hazratbal, Srinagar late last evening after receiving inputs about presence of militants there.
He said as security personnel launched a search operation, they came under gunfire from militants hiding in the area.
The fire was returned by the troops and in the ensuing gunfight, a militant was killed and a CRPF head constable Kuldeep Urwan, 38, critically injured.
The injured CRPF jawan was evacuated to army hospital here, where he succumbed to injuries.
Meanwhile, security personnel conducted search operations in the area during the night to look for militants, if any, who might have escaped during the gunfight.
A police official said the body of the slain militant has been recovered and his identity and group affiliation is being ascertained.
It was the third gunfight in Srinagar in the last three months.