October 2016 News

Terrorists Snatch Five Rifles From Security Men

17 October 2016
Deccan Herald
Zulfikar Majid

Srinagar: Police said the militants managed to enter a room at the lower power transmitter station of public service broadcaster Doordarshan in Davlash village, Anantnag, where the weapons were kept. Militants snatched five guns from security men guarding a broadcast tower in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday. Police said the militants managed to enter a room at the lower power transmitter station of public service broadcaster Doordarshan in Davlash village, Anantnag, where the weapons were kept. 'The militants overpowered the security guards of the TV tower and snatched their weapons before fleeing the spot. The weapons include three self-loading rifles (SLR), one INdian Small Arms System (INSAS) and a carbine,' he said, adding that an alert has been sounded and all entry and exit points leading to the village have been sealed. In a separate incident, militants tried to snatch rifles from a police picket guarding minority families in Sirnoo village of Pulwama late on Sunday night, a police official said. 'The policemen returned fire, forcing the militants to flee from the scene,' he said, adding that there was no loss of life or injury. Incidents of weapon snatching have witnessed a sudden rise in south Kashmir, with dozens of service rifles being snatched from policemen in the past 100 days of unrest. The trend, security agencies believe, is an indication of more youths joining militancy, but running short of weapons after the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8. On October 8, militants had snatched two service rifles from a minority police post in Lassipora, Pulwama, while a day earlier they tried to snatch weapons from policemen guarding a minority picket in Jamnagri village of Shopian. The confrontation between the two had led to an exchange of fire, in which one policeman was killed and another injured. On October 3, militants made away with five automatic rifles from a minority post in Kulgam district.

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