Srinagar: A CRPF sub-inspector was killed and two other troopers injured when militants attacked a CRPF patrol near Delhi Public School at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar on Saturday evening.
Inspector General of CRPF Ravideep Singh Sahi told Kashmir Reader that militants were seen running towards one of the buildings of DPS School to take shelter there, after attacking the CRPF patrol.
“Militants attacked on our patrol at about 5:45 in the evening. Three CRPF personnel were injured, one of whom has succumbed,” the IG said.
The slain sub-inspector has been identified as Shab Shukla. One of the injured has been identified as constable Nisar Ahmad.
The injured were admitted to the army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar. Both of them were declared out of danger.
CRPF spokesperson Rajesh Yadav told Kashmir Reader that soon after the attack, the entire area was cordoned off to nab the militants.
“We can’t tell right now how many militants there were exactly. They are believed to have taken shelter in one of the buildings of DPS School,” he said.
The army, CRPF and police have launched a joint operation to flush out the hiding militants.
“Search operation is going on as there is possibility of militants being holed up in one of the buildings there,” said Yadav.
Soon after the attack spontaneous shutdown and clashes erupted in Pampore.
Meanwhile, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.
LeT spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi said that militants have escaped after the attack on the CRPF patrol.
This is the second militant attack on government forces in Srinagar in less than two weeks.
On June 15, militants attacked a police check-point at Hyderpora in Srinagar, killing one policeman and injuring another.