Twin attacks break lull: Broad day strikes by militants within an hour leave 3 cops dead in Zadibal, Tengpora
Srinagar, May 23: In a first attack in last three years, militants on Monday shot dead three policemen including an officer in two separate attacks at Zadibal and Tengpora areas of the city with span of less an hour.
A police official said the first attack took place at Zadibal near police station where two motorcycle-borne militants shot at two cops including an ASI and Head Constable from point blank range.
“The cops who were regulating traffic were shot at fatally by the militants leaving them in pool of blood. The assailants after shooting the cops fled the spot,” he said.
Both the cops died instantly after being shot multiple times. The slain were identified as ASI Ghulam Muhammad Bhat of Surigam Lolab in Kupwara and HC Nazir Ahmad of Chak Sarmarg in Handwara.
Soon after the attack, heavy contingents of forces including SOG and other top police officers rushed to the spot and a massive manhunt to nab the attackers was launched. However no one was arrested when reports last came in. The attack created panic in the area.
Barely after one hour, the motorcycle borne militants once again strike in City and this time they shot dead another policeman at Tengpora area. The weapon of the cop was also snatched.
Police said Muhammad Sidiq Shiekh of Machil Kupwara, who was PSO of a protected person, was shot dead near Tengpora Bypass and he also died instantly. Soon after the attack, the police, CRPF and army rushed to the spot and launched search operation.
Meanwhile, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed the responsibility of the attack and warned of more such attacks in the near future. Police, however, said they are investigating who actually is behind the attack.
The attacks by militants in the City put security agencies on the toes and forces launched searches across the City and conducted frisking of bikers, public and private cars , Cabs and buses.
Attack aimed at derailing peace: cabinet
Condemning the barbaric killing of three police personnel in Srinagar today, the Cabinet which met here under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti expressed profound grief over the inhumane killings.
Describing the killings as cowardly acts, aimed at derailing the peace and reconciliation process in the State, the Cabinet said that such killings cannot deter the resolve of the Government in moving ahead to bring peace and normalcy to the State.
While expressing solidarity with the families of deceased ASI Ghulam Mohammad Bhat R/o Surigam, Lolab, Head Constable Nazir Ahmad Mir R/o Chack Sarmarg, Handwara and Constable Mohammad Siddiq Sheikh R/o Doodi, Machil, Kupwara, the Cabinet assured that Government stands by the families of the martyred policemen in this hour of grief and will extend all possible help and assistance to the next of kin.
They’re dastardly acts, against tenets of humanity: CM
Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, has expressed deep shock over the killing of three policemen in two separate militant attacks in Srinagar on Monday.
The Chief Minister visited the Police Control Room (PCR) in Srinagar where she laid floral wreath on the mortal remains of the slain police personnel.
She expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of the deceased and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Recalling the sacrifices of police personnel in combating militancy in the state, Ms Mufti said such dastardly acts are against the basic tenets of humanity and they should be condemned by one and all.
“My heart goes out to the families of the slain police personnel and I hope that the perpetrators will be taken to task soon,” she said.
Ms Mufti said such attacks are attempts by vested interests to derail the peace and reconciliation process started by the state government in Jammu and Kashmir which will also impact the economy at a time when the tourism activity had started picking up in the state.
Resurfacing militancy worrisome: Azad, Omar
Former J&K chief minister and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also expressed concern over rising militancy related incidents in Valley.
”Resurfacing of militancy in Kashmir and particularly in Srinagar city is a matter of great concern,” Mr Azad in a statement issued here today said. He expressed anguish on the unfortunate killing of three police cops including one ASI of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.
Mr Azad cautioned the people of the State to be vigilant of the nefarious designs of vested interests who want to disturb the peace and harmony during this tourism season for obvious reasons.
National Conference President Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Working President Omar Abdullah have condemned the attacks on policemen in Srinagar and have expressed shock and grief at the killing of three policemen in separate attacks in the summer capital. Expressing solidarity with the families of the policemen, Dr. Farooq and Mr. Omar Abdullah have paid glowing tributes to the fallen policemen and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
Omar Abdullah said such attacks during broad daylight in Srinagar were worrisome and the Government should treat this situation with utmost seriousness. “This is a grave development and the Government should get to the bottom of this without wasting any time. I express my solidarity with the families of the martyred policemen and hope there is swift action in nabbing those responsible for these attacks”, the NC Working President said.