Sub-inspector fired at in bus, survives; former militant attacked in Tral
SHABIR AHMAD / MUSHTAQ-UL-ISLAM
ANANTNAG/Baramulla: Suspected militants struck at three places across the Valley, killing three policemen and injuring a sub-inspector and a former militant.
In the deadliest of the three attacks, the militants stopped a Sumo in which three unarmed policemen, who had gone to investigate a case in Ashimpora village, were travelling.
At around 1.30pm, the militants asked the policemen to get down and let the driver go. They then fired at them from a close range. The trio was taken to district hospital Shopian, but doctors declared them brought dead.
The deceased policemen were identified as head constable Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Adigam, Pulwama, and constables Shabir Ahmad of Leh and Nisar Ahmad Wani of Hajipora, Sopore.
Kashmir inspector general of police Javid Mujtuba Gillani told reporters in Shopian that the attack was an “attempt by militants to make their presence felt.”
“Militants are always in search of soft target. They attacked
and killed three policemen after finding them unarmed. They carried out three such attacks in a single day indicating that they want to make their presence felt,” he said.
Soon after the attack, the army, CRPF and Special Operations Group of police cordoned off the area and started search operations.
Before the attack in Shopian, the police said that two suspected militants, wearing track suits, boarded a Baramulla-bound bus near Parimpora on the outskirts of Srinagar. The militants fired at inspector Mohammad Mustafa of Indian Reserve Police’s 3rd Battalion, a resident of Poonch and currently posted at Pattan.
The militants asked the driver not to stop anywhere. When the bus reached Choora area of Baramulla, which was witnessing a traffic jam at the time, the militants escaped along with the injured policeman’s service revolver and cell phone.
After being informed by the driver, the police from Putkhah police post took the injured officer to Baramulla district hospital, where doctors referred him to Srinagar for further treatment.
A senior doctor at district hospital Baramulla said Mustafa had a bullet wound in the head.
Senior police officers reached the spot and recorded statements of the passengers and the driver.
It has been learnt that the injured officer has been associated with SOG and has been behind many anti-militancy operations across the Valley.
In the third attack, unidentified gunmen attacked and critically injured a former militant, Rafiq Ahmad Bhat alias Dada, near Jammu and Kashmir Bank, Tral, at about 3:30pm.
He was immediately rushed to Sub-district Hospital Tral, where doctors referred him to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.