Anantnag: Militants shot dead a Special Police Officer (SPO) in Hajin Payeen village of Rajpora in Pulwama district Tuesday evening.
The slain has been identified as Sameer Ahmad Mir, son of Wali Muhammad, resident of Hajin Payeen village.
The incident took place at about 7:30 PM, when militants barged into Mir’s house and opened indiscriminate fire.
“He was shot at a couple of times and was rushed to the hospital by his family and neighbours,” a senior police official from Pulwama said.
He added that the SPO succumbed on way to the hospital.
Soon after the attack, government forces reached Hajin Payeen village and searches were conducted to try and nab the attackers, who had managed to flee.
Mir has become the first casualty of the year after a bloody 2018, which was the bloodiest in a decade claiming 413 lives across Kashmir valley.