BUDGAM: Suspected militants on Wednesday night snatched four rifles from policemen guarding the Goripora police post in Hyderpora area on the outskirts of Srinagar in Budgam district. Official sources said that a group of militants barged inside the police post, which is situated outside a temple in the area, and snatched all the four rifles of the four policemen manning it, then fled.
The police in a statement said that the policemen whose service rifles were snatched were part of JKAP 13 battalion.
Sources said that the militants took away an Insas rifle, one carbine, and two SLRs (self-loading rifles).
The incident came a day after a policeman decamped with his service rifle in Budgam district. He fled from the police post at Pakherpora after assuming his duty at the sentry post at 9pm in the night.
“After carrying out the rifle snatching incident, the militants managed to escape from the spot,” the police statement said. A police official said that police had cordoned off the area and were searching for the militants.
While talking to Kashmir Reader, a top police official who wished not to be named said, “First of all, there was no scuffle or sign of resistance shown by the cops who were on duty. Second, there is a gap in the timing of the incident between when it took place and when it was reported to officials.”
“So, the investigation would be carried keeping both these facts in consideration,” he added.
He admitted that there were signs of rise in militancy particularly in Budgam areas. “Rifle snatching was a routine in south Kashmir. Now it has been witnessed in other parts as well,” he said.
Kashmir Inspector General of Police, SP Pani, told Kashmir Reader that an investigation has been started and the persons who carried out the weapon snatching will be dealt with strictly.
When asked with which organisation the militants could be affiliated, he said, “It is too early to comment.”
On January 25, a group of militants fired upon policeman Kultar Singh (JKAP’s 13th Bn) who was guarding the Charar-i-Sharief shrine in Budgam. He was severely injured and later succumbed to his injuries. Militants had snatched his rifle and fled from the spot.