Kupwara: Unknown persons attacked a police constable and snatched his service rifle in Lolab area of Kupwara district on Tuesday. Sources said that former cabinet minister and MLA Lolab Abdul Haq Khan was scheduled to visit Kupwara district on Tuesday, for which police force was deployed on the roads to ensure his safety. Some unknown persons, said to be three in number, attacked and overpowered a policeman deployed near Kandhar village on the Kupwara-Khurhama road in Lolab valley, under police post Khurhama.
The attackers snatched his service rifle along with a magazine and twenty bullets. The sources said that although there was deployment of police on the Kupwara-Khurhama road, the constable was alone when he was attacked.
The constable has been identified as Mohammad Ishaq, belt number 436, of 4th IRP Bn of Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police.
Soon after the incident, a large number of men from the police, CRPF, army and SOG of police reached the spot and started a search operation. However, they failed to trace the attackers, sources said.
The sources said that several people were detained by the forces for questioning but were later released. The police constable is also under investigation, they added.
SSP Kupwara AS Dinkar could not be contacted for his comments as his phone was out of reach.
Sources said that it was the second incident in district Kupwara when the service rifle of a security personnel had been snatched. In 2016, a police constable was attacked by an axe in Pattan area of Baramulla district and his rifle was snatched by a youth of Palhalan. However, only after a few days the youth was killed by government forces in Kreeri village and the rifle was recovered.