June 2017 News

Militants Intended A Prolonged Siege: Rajnath

5 June 2017

New Delhi: The militants, who tried to storm a CRPF camp in a pre-dawn suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir,intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage, Home minister Rajnath Singh said today. Giving the details of the attack in which four militants were killed while attacking CRPF's Sumbal camp in Bandipora district, Singh said the heavily-armed 'fidayeen' militants approached the paramilitary camp with the intent of breaching it. 'The militants were heavily armed with automatic rifles, grenades and incendiary material such as petrol, and were carrying dry rations which indicates they intended a prolonged siege and extensive damage,' he said in a statement. The home minister said the group of heavily armed militants attempted entry by cutting the wire fencing and also forcing their entry by shooting at the sentry. 'The sentries responded with alacrity and returned their fire. Heavy exchange of fire took place during which the militants lobbed more than two dozen grenades in an attempt to escape,' he said. However, Singh said, the Central Reserve Police Force, in cooperation with force from the adjoining Jammu and Kashmir Police camp shot dead all the four militants. The home minister said the CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir Police men showed exemplary courage and valour by thwarting the militants attempt and in killed them. He said all the brave officers and men posted at Sumbal camp 'need to be cited for their alertness and unmatched bravery'. Those who were appreciated by the home minister for their exemplary courage are CRPF commandant Iqbal Ahmad, company commanders Shankarlal Jat and Pankaj Hallu, guard commander Pankaj Kumar and constables K Dinesh Raja and Praful Kumar, and all the officers and men posted at Sumbal camp.