Railway Track Blown By Militants

Railway Track Blown By Militants

7 March 2011
The Daily Excelsior


Srinagar: Militants tonight blew up a portion of a railway track at Nowgam in Kashmir valley following which the train services have been suspended for tomorrow, police officials said. The ultras triggered a blast on the railway track at Soothoo, less than one kilometre from Nowgam Railway station at around 9.00 PM, they said, adding, two metres of the track were damaged. The train services which were started in October 2008 do not operate after dusk. The services for tomorrow have been suspended till the track is repaired, the officials said. Meanwhile, unidentified militants carried out an attack on a police party at Yaripora-Kulgam with sharp edged weapons and iron rod injuring two police cops with condition of one of the cops stated to be critical. Police has launched a manhunt to nab the militants as they fled the spot with the weapons of the injured police cops. The incident occurred when the cops were discharging their professional duties at Yaripora chowk. The injured have been identified as constable Abdul Majeed and SPO Mohammad Ashraf. Condition of the constable is said to be critical. Reports said that the militants came from behind and carried out attack on the police cops hitting them on their head. Both the injured cops fell down after being hit. The attackers took away their weapons. Giving details about the incident, Mubassir Latifi, SP Kulgam said that the cops were part of a patrolling party that was carrying out their duties in Yaripora chowk. 'In the afternoon when the two police cops were discharging their duties two unidentified militants carried out an attack on them. One of the militants hit the cops with an iron rod while the other carried out an attack with sharp edged weapons. As the cops fell down the militants took away an AK rifle and INSAS rifle of the police cops,' said the SP. The injured policemen were rushed to District Hospital Anantnag, where from they were referred to SKIMS-Soura Srinagar. At SKIMS condition of Abdul Majeed is said to be critical, while that of Mohammad Ashraf is stated to be out of danger. Mr. Latifi said that the militants hijacked a Tata Sumo and abducted the Sumo driver on gun-point. 'The militants took the Sumo to Sursinoo area and asked the driver to leave along with the vehicle. We have launched a cordon and search operation to nab the militants and hopefully we would catch hold of them soon,' he added.


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