2 CRPF Jawans Killed In Twin Militant Attacks Near J&K Assembly

31 August 2009

Srinagar: Two CRPF personnel were killed and eight people injured in twin-attacks by militants in the crowded Lal Chowk and Batmaloo areas of the city, barely half a kilometre from the Assembly this afternoon. Armed with guns and grenades, the militants struck almost simultaneously at around 1 PM when the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly went for a recess after completing the morning session, officials said. Militants shot two CRPF jawans of 28th battalion in the head from point blank range outside a bank at Lal Chowk, Srinagar's nerve centre, sparking panic in the city. A few minutes later, militants lobbed a grenade on a CRPF patrol party outside Fire and Emergency Services headquarters at Batmaloo causing injuries to eight persons including three jawans, they said. The firing at Lal Chowk and the grenade attack at Batmaloo, nearly a kilometer apart, came at a time when security has been beefed up in the area in view of the ongoing session of the Assembly whose building is located along the Lal Chowk-Batmaloo route, along with civil Secretariat and Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The attacks came exactly a month after a double-strike by militants in the area. On August 1, militants shot dead a policeman and injured two CRPF personnel at Batmaloo and Regal Chowk. One of the CRPF jawans succumbed to injuries after battling for life for ten days.