SRINAGAR: Hizbul Mujahideen militants shot dead three policemen in Srinagar city on Monday. Two separate attacks took place, one at Zadibal chowk in the old city where assistant sub-inspector Ghulam Mohammad Bhat and head-constable Nazir Ahmad were gunned down, and the second two hours later at Tengpura, the victim being Mohammad Sadiq, personal security officer of the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Pasmanda Tabka Jaat, Mohammad Abdullah.
Speaking about the first attack that took place in morning hours, a police offer told Kashmir Reader, “The two cops were regulating traffic at the chowk when militants hit them on their head.”
Even as the police were taking stock of the situation, militants shot dead another cop at Tengpora and fled with his service rifle.
“Sadiq was standing outside a college run by Mohammad Abdullah when he was hit by militants,” another police officer told KR.
After the twin attacks, for which the Hizbul claimed responsibility, government forces were put on high alert. Police launched a manhunt, deploying forces at all the main entry points of the city and frisking individuals. Police frequently stopped bikes, asked riders to show identity cards, and at many other places checked public transport vehicles. Passengers were asked to come out of the vehicles and were frisked. They were also asked to show an identity card.
Police later brought the three bodies to the police control room where a wreath laying ceremony was held. The funeral was attended by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, and other ministers and senior police officers.
These attacks have come after three years of the last Hizbul attack when two policemen were shot dead near Amira Kadal bridge in the heart of Srinagar on June 22, 2013. Three days after that attack, Lashkar-e-Toiba struck in a big way at Hyderpora bypass on Srinagar-Baramulla road killing eight soldiers and injuring 14 others. On the same day, another attack was carried out at Barzulla in which a CRPF officer and a policeman sustained injuries.