Army jawan killed, one injured; rifle snatched

Army jawan killed, one injured; rifle snatched

7 July 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Fayaz Bukhari

Srinagar: Militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) this afternoon struck on the highly secured Jammu-Srinagar national highway in the outskirts of Srinagar killing an Army personnel and injuring another. DIG South Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, told Excelsior that LeT militants came in a Santro car and fired upon at two Army personnel, who were deployed for Road Opening Party (ROP) duty near Kadalbal Chowk, Pampore in district Pulwama. He said that two Army personnel of 50 RR Deepak Singh and Trilok Nath were injured in the attack. The injured Army personnel were shifted to Sub District Hospital Pampore, where Deepak Singh succumbed to his injuries, while as Trilok Nath was shifted to 92 Base Hospital, Srinagar for treatment. Militants also snatched an AK rifle from the possession of one of the Army jawans Eyewitnesses said that two constables were left in a pool of blood and a rifle was snatched by the militants, who fled in the same Santro vehicle after carrying out the attack. The attack created panic on the national highway, which is being used by thousands of Amarnath yatris everyday. Traffic was stopped for about an hour resulting in huge traffic jams on the national highway that took several hours for the police to regulate traffic. Senior police officers rushed to the spot and the area was cordoned off. But militants had managed escape from the scene. The DIG confirmed the LeT presence in the Pampore area and said that a Pakistan and a local militant are active in the outskirts of Pampore. He said that police have been tracking their movement. The deployment of Police and para-military Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) along the highway was strengthened after the attack to ensure safety and security of yatris. LeT claimed responsibility for the attack. A spokesman of the outfit told a local news agency that two Army personnel were killed in the attack and one rifle was snatched from the dead Army jawan. This is for the second time in the week that militants struck in South Kashmir. On July 3, militants struck in busy Pulwama town killing a police constable followed by an attack in Yaripora town in Kulgam district killing another constable. Police said that Tral, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam in South Kashmir have sizeable number of militants, who were involved in this type of strike. It may be mentioned here that militants attacked and threatened Panches and Sarpanches in South Kashmir forcing scores of them to resign. The militancy incidents in summer have seen sharp rise after a scores of militants have managed to infiltrate into Kashmir. They are foreigners and some of them had been reportedly waiting on the launch pads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) for past two years. However, security agency said only 10-15 militants managed to infiltrate this year.