February 2000 News

Five CRPF jawans die in bus blast

18 February 2000
The Hindu

JAMMU: At least ten people - five Central Reserve Police Force jawans, four Special Operations Group personnel and one civilian - were killed and eight others injured in a powerful IED blast near Tral in south Kashmir today.

Police said a mini-bus carrying the CRPF personnel and men from SOG of the State Police was going from Tral to Bagiwara, 35 km from Srinagar, when an Improvised Explosive Device was detonated. The blast completely wrecked the vehicle and killed the five CRPF jawans, four SOG men and the civilian driver instantly. Five CRPF men and three civilians who were injured were taken to hospital where the condition of four of them is said to be critical.

The security party was on a operation to flush out militants after receiving information about their presence in the area. The DIG (Anantnag-Pulwama range) Raja Aijaz Ali, and other officers rushed to the spot and launched an operation to nab the militants. No outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the blast. Among those killed were three surrendered militants who were working for the SOG.

In another incident, militants barged into the ancestral house of the Chief Minister, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, in Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar and fired at the sentry, Mr. Abdul Aziz. He was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to injuries. At Chuntwaliwar Ganderbal in the afternoon, two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces.

Central team reviews situation

Meanwhile the latest security situation was reviewed by the Union Home Secretary, Mr. Kamal Pandey, with the State Government in Jammu. Mr. Pandey, the Special Secretary (Home), Mr. T. R. Kakkar, the CRPF Director-General, Mr. Mahindra Sabharwal, and other officials of the ministry had a luncheon meeting with the Governor Mr. Girish Chandra Saxena, where the Chief Minister and senior officers were present.

The Chief Secretary, Mr. Ashok Jaitely, the Principal Secretary (Home), Mr. C. Phonsong and the DGP, Mr. Gurbachan Jagat, briefed the Central team about the prevailing situation in the State.


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