Militants fire from orchards on army naka at Machpuna Pulwama
PULWAMA: Five policemen of the Special Operations Group (SOG) and five paramilitary troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were injured on Friday afternoon after suspected militants lobbed a grenade at their deployment in Tral town, Superintendent of Police (SP) Awantipora Mohammad Zahid told Kashmir Reader.
He said the injured were immediately rushed to Sub-District Hospital Tral.
Hospital authorities said that after first-aid, all the injured personnel were referred to army’s 92 base hospital in Badami Bagh cantonment of Srinagar. They said that all the injured personnel are out of danger.
Police officials told Kashmir Reader that suspected militants lobbed a grenade towards a joint deployment of SOG and CRPF near the fire service station in Tral, soon after congregational Friday prayers. The injured personnel have been identified as Karnail Singh, RN Malik, Ram Saru, Patel Tarik, Ajaz Ahmad, Ghulam Hyder, Sikander Yadew, Reshipal Singh, Altaf, and K Bhasker Roy.
The grenade attack came amid a complete shutdown for the third consecutive day in Tral. The shutdown is being observed in protest against the killing of three militants by government forces in an encounter at Hyuna Nazneenpora Tral on Tuesday evening. Two of the three slain militants belonged to Tral: Danish Ahmad Dar, resident of Pinglish Tral, and Adil Ahmad of Midoora Tral. The third militant was a foreigner.
Elsewhere in Pulwama district, militants fired on a naka (checkpoint) laid by army’s 55 RR at Machpuna crossing on Circular Road in the evening.
No loss of life or injury was reported in the attack, SSP Pulwama Mohammad Asalam Choudhry confirmed to Kashmir Reader.
Sources said that an army team was on naka duty when militants fired at them from nearby orchards.
Soon after the attack, a search operation was launched in Machpuna area and the orchards there, SSP Pulwama said.