BUDGAM/ Srinagar: A policeman guarding the Charar-i-Sharief shrine in central Kashmir’s Budgam district was killed on Sunday after a group of suspected militants attacked the police post at the shrine. Senior Superintendent of Police Tejinder Singh said the militants fired upon the sentry post near the shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani at about 1:30pm. “The militants escaped with the police officer’s service rifle,” Singh added.
The killed policeman was identified as Kultar Singh, part of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police’s 13th Battalion. He succumbed to his injuries while being treated at a hospital in Srinagar, SSP Tejinder Singh said, adding, “Police and special operations group (SOG) have cordoned off the entire area and searches are being conducted to nab the assailants.”
In Srinagar’s Soura area, a policeman from Budgam who was guarding the residence of a Hurriyat leader was killed by militants, who decamped with his service rifle.
Official sources said the militants attacked the police guard, Farooq Ahmad Yatoo of Chadoora Budgam, at the residence of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi at Bilal Colony Soura. The injured policeman was taken to SKIMS Soura but he succumbed to his injuries there. The militants carried away his service rifle after shooting him.
Hurriyat leader Qureshi has himself survived an assassination attack at his residence in December 2009.