Cop gunned down, Panch candidate shot at17 May 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Militants today struck twice within nine hours in Sopore town, killing a policeman and injuring a Panchayat election candidate in Baramulla district. In the first incident, the ultras shot dead constable Mohammad Shafi Dar at Tujjar Sharief in Sopore, at 10.15 am, officials said. Dar, who was shot at from point blank range, was rushed to sub-district hospital Sopore where he succumbed. Security fores cordoned off the area and launched a manhunt for the assailants but no arrest could be made till late evening, they said. Senior police officers, including Inspector General of Police S M Sahai, visited the bereaved family and were present when the last rites of the slain constable were performed. Militants struck again at around 6.30 pm and shot at Mohammad Maqbool Bhat in the foot at Hajam Mohalla. Bhat, 65, had filed nomination papers for the post of Panch in the ongoing elections, which will be held on May 25. He was referred to the Bone and Joint Hospital here, they said adding he was out of danger. Militants attacked a residence of former Bandipora MLA and ex-Minister Usman Majeed in the north Kashmir district by opening fire towards the guard post. The ultras fired towards the guard post at Majeedís Bandipora residence, 45 kms from here, during the intervening night, officials said. They said the security personnel retaliated, forcing the militants to flee from the spot. No one was hurt in the brief exchange of gunfight, they said. Majeed and his family were not present inside the house at the time of the attack. Meanwhile, Police have arrested four persons including three militants in connection with drug peddling in the North Kashmir's Baramulla district. A police spokesman said that a drive has been launched against the menace of drug abuse in Baramulla district and as part of the same operation the police today seized 5100 bottles of Recodex. 'One thousand two hundred bottles of Recodex were seized from a Tata Sumo at Mirgund-Pattan following specific information. The Sumo bearing registration number JK05A-5559 was plying from Srinagar towards Sopore. The same was intercepted at Mirgund Pattan. There were four people in the Sumo who were held and questioned during which it surfaced that all of them have been involved in drug peddling and had been carrying the illegally procured Recodex for its distribution to the youth in Pattan and Sopore areas respectively,' said the police spokesman. He said that a case FIR No104-2011 under Section 8-21NDPS has been registered at Police Station Pattan. Investigation of the case has been taken up. 'During the course of investigation on the basis of disclosure made by the accused persons 3900 more Recodex bottles were recovered. More seizure and more arrests are expected in the matter. This is the 10th case related to drug abuse registered by Baramulla Police in the current year so far,' said the spokesman. He identified the accused as Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat alias Muza son of Noor Din Bhar resident of Batpora-Sopore, Irfan Ahmad Gazi alias Raju son of Abdul Khaliq Gazi resident of Shahabad-Sopore, Azad Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad Wani resident of Chankhan-Sopore and Arif Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammad Shafi Sheikh resident of Binner-Baramulla. He said out of the four accused three are ex- militants who have remained affiliated to different militant outfits. Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat has been an active militant of the banned militant organization LeT who was arrested in 2008 by Sopore Police in case FIR number 07-2008 under Section 307 RPC, 4-5 Explosive Substances Act and was detained under PSA. He was later on released in April 2009. He had again been detained for militancy related activities in year 2009 and released in Jan 2011. Irfan Ahmad has been an active militant of the banned militant organization HM who was arrested by Sopore Police in year 2006 in case FIR number 347-2006 under Section 307 RPC 7-27 Arms Act. He was detained under PSA and released in May 2009. Azad Ahmad Wani is also a released Pakistan Trained Militant (PTM) who was arrested in year 1994 by BSF in Sopore while as Arif Ahmad is a driver by profession. In the meantime, three persons lost their lives in separate incidents across Kashmir valley on Tuesday. A police spokesman said that Kangan police recovered body of a mentally challenged lady identified as Malla Begum age 65 years wife of Mohammad Shafi Wani resident of Kullan Band Mohalla Kangan from Power Canal Kangan, Ganderbal. The body was handed over to her relatives for last rites. He said that during the intervening night of May 16 and 17, a tourist identified as Paul Pandian Chandra Sekran age 62 years son of Paul Pandian resident of Adam Beakam-Chennai died of cardiac arrest at Hotel Florence Gulmarg. The body was handed over to his relatives for last rites. The police spokesman said that a mentally challenged boy Rameez Ahmad Lone age 15 years son of Ghulam Hassan Lone resident of Reshwari-Natnussa drowned in a pond at Natnussa, Kupwara. The body was retrieved and after completing all legal formalities handed over to his relatives for last rites. He said that a lady aged about 30 years a resident of Ladoora-Rafiabad, Baramulla set herself ablaze at her home and received severe burn injuries. She has been admitted in SMHS hospital, Srinagar for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard.