April 2021 News

Cop Killed In Attempted LeT Attack On BJP Leader In Srinagar

1 April 2021
India Today


Srinagar: In an attempted attack on a local BJP leader, a cop was shot dead by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Thursday. The policeman has been identified as Rameez Raja. The incident took place when one of the four terrorists, disguised himself as a woman wearing 'Burqa' (veil), approached the main door of the residence of BJP leader Anwar Ahmad in Arigam Nowgam, requesting for a meeting, a police official said. Ahmad, BJP's district general secretary for Baramulla and incharge for Kupwara district, was not present in the house, the official said. The terrorists fired indiscriminately as soon as the main door was opened, killing a sentry on the spot, he added. Raja was taken to SMHS hospital, where doctors declared him dead. The terrorists, fearing retaliatory firing from the other guards inside the residence, scooted after coming to know that the BJP leader was not present in the house, the official said, adding, however, they decamped with a rifle. Four terrorists belonging to LeT carried out attack: IGP Vijay Kumar Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said the four terrorists belonging to the LeT carried out the attack on the BJP leader's residence. Kumar said one of the four terrorists was wearing a veil and imitated a woman's voice while asking to open the main door at the residence of the BJP leader. 'There was one sentry on the main door and two cops in the guard room. As is clear from the CCTV footage, one terrorist wearing a 'Burqa' knocked on the main door and asked, imitating a woman's voice, for opening it,' PTI quoted the IGP as saying. Kumar said two militants out of the four militants have been identified. 'Initially, we thought the one wearing a 'Burqa' was a lady, but when we analysed the CCTV footage closely, we found that it was not a lady, but a male and a terrorist. Two out of the four have been identified and are from Srinagar city,' the PTI quoted Kumar. 'They belong to the LeT outfit. One of them is Shahid Khurshid Dar, he is from Chanapora and is a categorized terrorist. The other is Obaid Shafi Dar. They both joined the LeT last year along with four others,' he said. The IGP said the security forces will neutralise the attackers soon 'after generating pinpoint intelligence'. Attack comes 3 days after killing of municipal councillor, personal security guard The attack comes three days after terrorists killed a block development council (BDC) member and his personal security guard in Sopore area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district. On March 29, BDC member Reyaz Ahmad, associated with the BJP, and his personal security guard named Shafqat Ahmad had died on the spot in the indiscriminate firing by terrorists who had barged into the premises of Sopore Municipal Council where a meeting of the council was going on. Another councilor, Shamsuddin Peer, was injured in the incident. He later died at a hospital. The attack has evoked widespread condemnations from various political parties in the Kashmir valley. Condemning the attack, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah expressed concern over the 'deteriorating security environment' in Kashmir Omar prayed for peace to the soul of the deceased and expressed unison with the bereaved family on their irreparable loss. The BJP condemned the militant attack, saying such incidents cannot weaken democracy in J&K. National General Secretary of the BJP and in-charge Jammu and Kashmir, Tarun Chungh, expressed anguish over this 'highly deplorable' incident and stressed that exemplary punishment will be ensured to the killers of the policeman. 'These repeated terror attacks cannot weaken democracy in the region,' he said in an apparent reference to similar attacks in the past on the party leaders, some of whom have lost their lives. Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina also condemned the attack and said the whole humanity is feeling shocked and ashamed of such incidents. 'Being soldiers of democracy, the social and political activists work tirelessly in strengthening the democracy, but terrorists, their bosses and their sympathisers do not want people to prosper,' he said. Jammu and Kashmir BJP General Secretary (Organisation) Ashok Kaul said those who attacked Khan's residence and killed the innocent policeman would not be spared. He demanded BJP workers be given proper security, so that they will not become easy targets for anti-national elements. Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) strongly condemned the killing and expressed serious concern over the 'deteriorating situation in the valley'. In a statement, the JKPCC described the incident as a 'cowardice and shameful act'. The party also expressed serious concern over the frequent militant attacks in Kashmir and emphasized on the government to take more effective measures to contain such mindless attacks and ensure that there is no further loss of life. The party is highly concerned about the loss of lives, the JKPCC said, conveying the deepest condolences to the family of the slain cop.