Srinagar, Jan 14: After battling for life for nine days, a paramilitary CRPF trooper who was injured critically in a gunfight in Tral area of in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district succumbed to injuries at AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.

PRO CRPF Kashmir Sanjay Sharma told GNS that the trooper namely Mahesh Kumar Meena succumbed to injuries today in the evening.

The encounter had ended as lone militant managed to flee after a day-long gunfight with a joint team of army’s 42 RR, CRPF’s 180 batallion and SOG launched a cordon at Arpal area of Tral on January 5.

The 39-year-old was airlifted to AIIMS Trauma Centre, New Delhi after sustaining bullet injuries during the encounter.