Militants Disarm J&K Cops Guarding Minority Village

Militants Disarm J&K Cops Guarding Minority Village

25 May 2012
The Hindustan Times


Srinagar: Militants, believed to have affiliation with Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), disarmed police personnel guarding a minority village in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday night. This was the second such incident in the Kashmir valley during this month as on May 4 last, militants had decamped with service rifles of four police personnel posted on guard duty at a village inhabited by minority Kashmiri Pandits in Shopian district. Official sources said on Friday that a group of six militants entered village Arigam, Tral, about 35km from Srinagar, at 10.30pm on Thursday, where a number of minority Sikh community members reside. The militants later entered the picket, they said adding before the police guards could react, the militants overpowered them and snatched their rifles. Later, the militants also took away the weapons of two other police guards, who were not present in the picket at the time when they (militants) entered there. Sources said militants took away 3 self-loading rifles (SLR) rifles and one INSAS rifle along with 8 magazines and one wireless set from them before fleeing from the place. Sources said the police personnel have been suspended and an inquiry has been launched. Search is on to nab the militants responsible for the incident.