Militants Attack CRPF Personnel On Shopian Incident Anniversary

Militants Attack CRPF Personnel On Shopian Incident Anniversary

30 May 2012
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: In an audacious attack, unidentified militants on Wednesday morning opened fire on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Rainawari area of downtown Srinagar, injuring seven jawans. 'All the seven CRPF personnel who were injured have been shifted to Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar for treatment. The condition of the injured personnel is stable,' a police spokesperson said. The police said three militants, riding a motorcycle, fired on CRPF personnel at around 7.15 am. The CRPF party was coming from central jail camp towards Khanyar for daily deployment when it came under attack. 'The CRPF personnel were on routine duty when the attack was carried out. The attackers fled the spot and a manhunt has been launched,' CRPF spokesman Sudhir Kumar said. Kumar described the incident as minor. 'If you see the statistics of past several months there have been attempts of grenade lobbying and IEDs. Such minor incidents do take place,' he said. However, senior police officials termed the incident serious. 'This kind of brazen attack has not taken place in the city for long. There were three attackers and they used AK-47 rifles. Also, the attack was carried out in the heart of city,' said an official. Militant outfit Islamic Front claimed responsibility for the attack. A caller identifying himself as the spokesman of the group told local newspapers on phone that 'cadres from our outfit carried out the attack near Khanyar in which five CRPF men were wounded'. In December last year, militants had attacked the entourage of the minister for law and parliamentary affairs when he was entering his ancestral house in downtown Nawakadal. One security guards was killed in the attack. Sagar, a senior National Conference leader, escaped unharmed in the attack. Wednesday's attack comes a day before the present director-general of police, Kuldeep Khoda, retires. Ashok Prasad, additional director of Intelligence Bureau (IB), is tipped to be the new director-general of Jammu and Kashmir Police. Prasad, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, has been reportedly cleared by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram after the director, Intelligence Bureau, conveyed he had no objection to his appointment as new DGP of J&K. Sources said the home minister has approved his deputation and it has been sent for the final clearance to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In case the appointment is delayed beyond May 31, Khoda may temporarily hand over charge to additional director-general of police (law and order) K Rajendra. Meanwhile, Kashmir Valley on Wednesday observed a complete shutdown to mark the third anniversary of the Shopian incident. The shutdown call was given by Hurriyat hardline chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. All shops, business establishments, schools, colleges and government offices remained closed and public transport was off the roads. On the morning of May 30, 2009, the bodies of two women Neelofar Jan, 22, and her 17-year-old sister in law, Asiya, were found on the banks of a stream in Shopian.