May 2016 News

Cop Killed, Another Injured In Militant Attack In Kashmir; Rifle Snatched

25 May 2016
The New Indian Express
Fayaz Wani

Srinagar: Two day after three cops including an officer were killed in twin militant attacks in the city, militants on Wednesday attacked security guards of opposition National Conference leader and former MLA in South Kashmir's Pulwama district killing a policeman and injuring another cop. The militants also decamped with service rifle of the slain cop. A police official said militants attempted to snatch rifles from the two policemen sitting in a private car at Monghama village in South Kashmir's district this afternoon. He said the policemen resisted the move and during the scuffle, militants fired on the duo. 'In the militant firing, policeman identified as Riyaz Ahmad Ganai sustained critical injuries in the head and died on spot while another cop identified as Shabir Ahmad was injured and has been hospitalized,' he said. The official said Shabir was the security guard of NC leader and former MLA Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Mir, who had visited the area to attend the wedding of daughter of his friend. 'The slain policeman Riyaz Ahmad was present in the area to attend the wedding of his cousin,' he said adding both the policemen were sitting in a private car at the time of militant attack. The police official said militants snatched the service rifle of the slain cop before fleeing from the area. After the militant attack, police and paramilitary forces launched combing and search operation in the area to nab the attackers. However, no arrests were reported. The attack came two days after militants of Hizbul Mujahideen launched twin attacks on cops in Srinagar on Monday. Three policemen including an ASI were killed in the militant attacks. Meanwhile, body of 22-year-old youth identified as Liyaqat Ali was recovered from forest area of Wader Bala area of Handwara in border district of Kupwara today. Police said the deceased was a porter and was shot dead by suspected militants. 'We have registered a case and launched manhunt to track down the attackers,' the police said. JKLF chairman arrested Police today arrested JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik from his office in Srinagar. 'A large posse of policemen arrived at JKLF office at Abi Guzar in city centre and detained Malik. He was lodged at Kothi Bagh police station,' said JKLF spokesman. JKLF chairman had been spearheading the campaign to unite separatist camp against setting up of Sainik Colony and separate townships for migrant Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. The top three separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik had held a joint meeting recently and vowed to fight anti-Kashmir policies of Indian government and J&K government.