Srinagar: Militants on Saturday struck at two separate places in the adjoining districts of Pulwama and Anantnag in south Kashmir, killing a Special Police Officer (SPO) and critically injuring another.
Police sources said that militants fired upon SPO Muhammad Ashraf Mir from “very close range” at Muran Chowk in Pulwama district this afternoon. The SPO was immediately rushed to a local hospital, where doctors declared him as brought dead.
An officer at Pulwama police station told Kashmir Reader that Mir was in the town to offer condolences at a relative’s place. “Mir had lost a relative in Daelpora. He was going there to offer condolences and was shot before he reached there.”
The police officer said that Mir had multiple bullet wounds including in his abdomen and chest.
Mir, according to locals, is a resident of Pulwama’s Maspuna village. But he had migrated to Srinagar 12 years ago and was residing in a rented accommodation at Chanapora. Mir is survived by two wives and three kids.
Earlier in the day, militants fired upon SPO Trilok Singh at KP Road, Khannabal, in Anantnag district.
“Trilok Singh, resident of Tral town, was on traffic management duty when militants shot and critically injured him,” a police officer said. He said that the injured policeman was shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment.
Medical Superintendent of District Hospital Anantnag, Dr Majid Mirab, said that the cop had sustained a bullet injury on the left side of his chest and was being provided treatment.
“We received a policeman with a bullet wound in the left side of his chest The bullet had gone out through his back. We provided him necessary treatment and referred him to Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar for specialised treatment”, said Dr Majid Mirab.
The attacks on the policemen come days after a special police officer was killed allegedly after militants barged into his home and opened fire. The SPO, Mushtaq Ahmed Sheikh, was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries on the way. His wife, who was also injured in the attack, is undergoing treatment in Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital.