IGP's driver, cop killed in Kashmir
17 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants shot dead two Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel, including a driver of an Inspector General of Police (IGP) in separate incidents here today, official sources said. Head Constable Vikram Singh, driver of IGP, Kashmir S M Sahai, was shot at and critically wounded by militants from point blank range near the General Bus Stand at Batmaloo here, they added. He was immediately rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, the sources said. In the second incident near the historic Hazratbal Shrine, militants shot at and wounded constable Dilawar Ahmed at the Telbal Morh on the city outskirts. He was rushed to the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in a critical condition where he succumbed to his wounds. The Pakistan based JeM has claimed the responsibility for both the attacks. A person, who claimed to be the spokesman of the outfit, telephoned the local media here and owned the responsibility of the attacks on policemen. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the attackers. During the past few days, militants have targeted policemen in the city. On Sunday, a Police Constable was killed and another critically wounded in the busy Lal Chowk area here. A report from Baramulla said suspected militants fired upon a party of the Special Operation Group (SOG) near their camp at Sopore this afternoon, causing serious injury to a constable, Farooq Ahmad. He was hospitalised, the sources said. Three border security force (BSF) personnel were among the 10 people wounded in a grenade blast in Baramulla district of North Kashmir this afternoon. Militants hurled a hand grenade towards BSF personnel in the compound of the District Hospital which exploded causing injuries Havaldar Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, constable Ratnam and Ravinder Singh and seven civilians. The injured were admitted to a hospital where the condition of the BSF personnel was stated to be critical. Security forces apprehended two upper-ground activists of the Al Badr militant outfit at Dangiwacha in Border district of Kupwara today and three hand grenades and 23 rounds seized from them. The spokesman said militants snatched away a mobile phone of a civilian, Altaf Ahmed Wani, at Ohangam, Beerwa in Central Kashmir district of Badgam today. Militants intercepted a vehicle, bearing registration number JKO1J-6039, at Pinglana in Pulwama district of South Kashmir last evening and forcibly took away Rs 25,000 and two mobile phones from the four occupants, he added. Meanwhile, two persons suspected to be working for Al-Badr militant outfit have been arrested along with some ammunition and explosives in Baramulla district Security forces arrested the Ghulam Hassan Lone and Mohammad Ramzan Dhobi from Dangiwacha village of the district last night and seized three hand-grenades and 23 rounds of AK ammunition from them, official sources said today. The State Police has meanwhile given a cash reward of Rs two lakh to villagers of Sagoo in Shopian in Pulwama district for the capture of a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant. The militant Rayees Ahmad Malik has been handed over to the police. He barged into a businessman house in the village and demanded money and a vehicle, a police spokesman said. He said Malik was one of the most wanted militants in south Kashmir and was carrying the cash reward of Rs two lakh. The villagers have decided to spend the money on improving the village roads.