A Aalim Ahmad
Srinagar: A cab driver who has gone underground is suspected to have ferried to Pampore the four fidayeen who executed a deadly attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on June 25. Eight personnel were killed in the attack and 22 others were wounded, some of them critically.
Two fidayeen, who have not been identified yet, carried out the deadly attack by opened volley of fire on CRPF personnel on board a bus that was part of a six-vehicle convoy returning from firing practice at Lethpora.
Initial reports said that four militants had arrived in a car to the spot and two of them alighted while the other two fled from the spot. The casualties were inflicted on the CRPF in a matter of minutes, eyewitnesses said. It was a Quick Reaction Team of the CRPF that targeted the attackers and killed them.
Sources said that the government forces have only got some clues on the attack but the broader contours of the strike are still being investigated. “It seemed that the militants were conscious about their fate. They carried only automatic weapons and left no evidence that could have helped the investigators,” a source said.
They said an “encounter” at Malwari village near Newa in Pulwama had linkage with the Pampore attack. One militant killed in the “encounter” is suspected to have been part of the four-member group.
Sources said the group had recently infiltrated into Kashmir Valley through Gulmarg sector. The group was escorted to south Kashmir region in a cab, four days before the Pampore attack.
The Pampore attack has shaken the security grid in Kashmir. Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived here to hold a weekend meeting to review the security scenario. The meeting was attended by Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti besides all state and provincial level officers of the government forces and the intelligence agencies.