CRPF trooper killed in highway attack

CRPF trooper killed in highway attack

5 others injured; 10-year-old girl suffers leg injury

Srinagar: A CRPF trooper was killed and five others injured after suspected militants fired at a civilian passenger vehicle (Tata 407) carrying the troopers at Panthchowk on Monday.

Head constable Basappa, who was critically injured in the attack, succumbed to his injuries at the army Base Hospital, said CRPF spokesman Bhavesh Choudhary.

“Two others are seriously injured but currently out of danger,” Choudhary told Kashmir Reader.

A 10-year-old girl, identified as Zainab Wani of Drangbal, Pampore, was also injured during the attack. The girl suffered an injury in her leg and was shifted to Srinagar’s Bone and Joint Hospital. The civilian driver of the vehicle was also injured in the attack.

An official spokesperson told reporters that CRPF C/97 Election Company was coming from Jammu to Srinagar when it came under attack. The company, according to the official, was meant for deployment during election for two parliamentary seats in the valley on April 9 and 12 respectively.

“There is a search operation going on in the area to find nab the attackers,” CRPF’s Rajesh Yadav said.

This is the third time militants have attacked government forces in the city in the past three days. Earlier, less than 24 hours before Panthachowk attack, a policeman was killed and eleven others injured in a grenade attack in Nowhatta area of Srinagar. Three army personnel suffered injuries in another militant attack in Bemina area of Srinagar on Saturday.

Director General of Police SP Vaid said the situation is not “alarming” in Srinagar ahead of the polls but the police and government forces are trying to “control” security situation in Kashmir.

Meanwhile, militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has, reportedly, owned the Panthachowk attack.