Pardeep Singh Bali
Jammu: Three days later, the police were still uncertain about the attack that was reportedly carried on Saang police post of Basantgarh area in Udhampur by alleged militants on Thursday, whereas a senior police officer claims the matter is under investigation to ascertain the facts.
However, talking to a section of media, Deputy CM Nirmal Singh maintained the attack on Saang police post might not be a militant strike but a result of a tiff between SPOs and members of the local Village Defence Committee (VDC).
Talking to Kashmir Reader, the sarpanch of Saang village, Saif Din, said the issue ‘has been given surplus hype’ by the media, because it followed a militant ambush on the BSF convoy. “There are false reports regarding this incident. The media has created hysteria, purportedly after the attack on a BSF convoy in the same district. To me, there was no such militant attack on the Saang police post, as described by the media,” he said, adding that being a sarpanch of the area, he observes most events there and that on the day of the incident he was himself in the police post till late evening.
“Even for a minute if we consider it as a real militant attack, then there should be ‘slugs’ of the fired bullets, which have not been produced by the police of the concerned post so far,” said the sarpanch, claiming that the report about ‘escape of militants in an oil tanker’ was also false.
According to sources, at the time of the attack the post had only four SPOs, while there were 37 VDC members. “In view of such a strong presence of police, security forces and VDC members, the chances of militants attacking the post appear remote,” sources said.
Meanwhile, the SHO of the concerned police station, Bikram Singh, said the injured SPO was at home during this incident. “The home of the SPO is close to the police post and he was injured when he was standing outside his home,” he said, and added that they are not yet clear whether it was a militant attack or an attack carried out by some miscreants.
However, DIG Udhampur-Reasi range, Surinder Gupta said that a committee headed by the DySP has been constituted to ascertain facts about the incident.
Pertinently, the attack was first reported as another terror strike a day after militants attacked a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and killed two BSF personnel.