Militants attack police picket in Chittisinghpora
6 February 2001
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: TWO DAYS after the gunning down of six Sikhs here, militants attacked a police picket set up to protect the minority community in Sikh-dominated Chittisin-ghpora in Anantnag district on Monday night. Militants fired at police guards posted at Chittisinghpora village, the scene of last year's massacre of 35 Sikhs. Policemen, deployed for protection of minorities, returned fire forcing the militants to flee. He said a hunt was on track down the attackers. The incident caused panic among the villagers. Soon after the shootout, some militants tried to force their way into the house of National Conference block president Ghulam Mohiuddin at Achabal in Anantnag. The Army staged flag marches in several parts of the curfew-bound city on Tuesday as tension continued for the second consecutive day. Farooq Abdullah tried to calm tempers by suspending Sub-Divisional Police Officer (East) Devinder Sharma and sub-inspector Showkat Mir, who allegedly used excessive force on Sikh protesters on Monday in which Mohinder Singh was killed and two others wounded. Curfew was relaxed on Tuesday for two hours in parts of the Civil Lines area of Srinagar for the first time after it was enforced on Sunday.