Anantnag: Suspected militants shot dead a 55-year-old police officer on Monday afternoon when he was regulating traffic in the busy Mahendi Kadal area of main town Anantnag.
The slain officer has been identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Abdul Rashid Shah, son of Gul Muhammad Shah, a resident of Panzath village in Qazigund area of Anantnag district.
Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag, Altaf Khan, said, “One of our senior officials has been shot dead by militants.” He added that the slain was not armed when militants attacked him.
The incident was reported at about 12:15pm Monday afternoon near the Sumo taxi stand at Mahendi Kadal.
Shah was shot at in the right side of his chest while he was regulating traffic in the busy Mahendi Kadal area.
“He was posted at police station Sadder, which is only about 200 meters from the site of the shootout,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the injured Shah was immediately shifted to the nearby Anantnag district hospital, from where he was referred to Srinagar in a critical condition.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anantnag, Dr Fazil Kochak, told Kashmir Reader that the injured ASI was referred to Srinagar in a very critical condition.
“He had a bullet wound in the right side of his chest. He was injured critically,” Kochak said.
Shah succumbed to his injuries minutes after he reached SKIMS Soura.