2 cops shot dead, AK snatched

2 cops shot dead, AK snatched

3 July 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: In a major militant strike in Kashmir valley, two police men were shot dead in twin attacks at busy market places in two South Kashmir towns of Pulwama and Yaripora this afternoon. The attack at Yaripora market place took place an hour after Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand addressed a party rally at Nunmai hardly 3 kilometers from Yaripora. The DyCM had left Yaripora at around 430 p.m. while the attack took place at around 5 p.m. DIG South Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, told Excelsior that militants fired at and killed a constable in Pulwama Chowk this afternoon. He said constable Dalbir Singh, was regulating traffic in Pulwama Chowk when he was shot dead by the gunmen. Reports said that militants fled from the scene after carrying out the attack leaving him in a pool of blood. He was rushed to District Hospital Pulwama where doctors declared his condition critical. The constable was shifted to Srinagar for treatment in a critical condition but he was declared brought dead at the SMHS hospital. Singh hailed from village Gohan in Baramulla district of North Kashmir and was posted in Pulwama. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and security in the town was intensified after the incident. Panic gripped the town after the attack. In the evening, Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, told reporters at wreath laying ceremony of Singh at District Police Lines Srinagar, that Government has never said that militancy in Kashmir is over. However, the militancy has gone down and the attacks are being carried out by militants to show their presence, he added. He described the incidents as unfortunate and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family. The wreath laying ceremony at the DPL, Srinagar was attended by senior police officers including Director General of Police, K Rajendra and IGP Kashmir, S M Sahai. The relatives of Singh were wailing at the DPL during the wreath laying ceremony. In another attack that took place soon after the Congress rally was over at Yaripora, militants opened indiscriminate fire on constable Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat at Yaripora market in Kulgam district. Eyewitnesses said that the militants were travelling in a car and fired at the constable indiscriminately. He was left in a pool of blood and militants snatched his service AK-Rifle. A civilian, Samir Ahmad Tak, suffered minor injuries in the attack. The firing on the constable caused panic in the township and people fled from the spot. Later, a police party rushed to the spot and the constable was removed to Sub-District Hospital Kulgam. He was declared brought dead in the hospital. Hailing from Pathbugh, Dialgam in South Kashmir district of Anantnag, Bhat was posted at Kulgam Police Station. Senior police officers rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. The DIG South Kashmir and SSP Anantnag R K Jalla and other senior police officers later attended the wreath laying ceremony of the constable. Police said the South Kashmir areas like Tral, Shopian and Kulgam have sizable number of militant presence. Recently scores of Panches and Sarpanches resigned from Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian areas following militant threats. The threatening posters of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujahideen had appeared at several places in Pulwama and Shopian districts last month forcing Panches and Sarpanches to resign.