February 2001 News

10 injured, police officer's house attacked in J&K

18 February 2001
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: AT LEAST 10 people were injured, two of them in police firing, as mobs clashed with police for the third consecutive day on Sunday in the bandh-hit Kashmir valley, while curfew was extended to more areas in Srinagar as a 'precautionary measure.' Police opened fire to disperse a mob which attacked a police post at bagyass in chattabal area of downtown Srinagar injuring two youths, official sources said. Police resorted to firing when repeated lathicharge and bursting of teargas shells failed to disperse the mob which attacked the police post demanding registration of fir against a counter-insurgent associated with special operations group, who was allegedly involved in Saturday's firing at Zampakadal in which two youths were critically injured, they said. Seven people, including a policeman, were injured as mobs engaged police in a pitched battle at Bohrikadal and adjoining areas in interior city and Hazratbal on the outskirts of Srinagar. Police fired a few warning shots at Bohrikadal, but none was hurt in the firing, they added. Elsewhere in a seperate incidents militants attacked the house of a senior police officer, while three militants were killed and a security official was wounded in separate encounters in Jammu and Kashmir. Militants opened fire at the residence of Superintendent of Police (East), Bashir Ahmad Dar, at Rawalpora in uptown Srinagar. Police guards posted at his house retaliated, forcing the militants to flee, official sources said. It was not immediately known whether Dar was at home at the time of the attack. No one was injured in the shoot-out, the sources said. Two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces at radhnallah near reasi in Udhampur district on Sunday, an official spokesman said. A security official was wounded in an exchange of fire with militants at seeri-chhatroo in doda district last night, the spokesman said. A foreign militant was killed in an encounter with security forces at Narbal.


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