Ex-SKIMS Director Hurt In Attack, 2 Guards Killed

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SRINAGAR: Former Director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Dr Jalal was injured while two of his guards were killed today when unidentified militants attacked his vehicle near his home in South Kashmir.

Dr Sheikh Jalal-ud-din, 64, and his security guards were targeted by militants near his residence at Astan Mohalla, Namblabal in Pampore at 2.40 P.M, police said.

While Dr Jalal’s two police guards died on-the-spot, the cardiologist was hit by bullet in the left eye and abdomen, police said.

Dr Jalal was a protected person but the motive behind the attack was not immediately known.

The gunmen decamped with the Insas rifles of the guards and fled from the spot, police sources said. 

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani strongly condemned the attack and termed it ‘unacceptable’.  

The slain cops have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat (belt no. 1111/S) of Bagiyas Chatabal  Srinagar and Pervaiz Ahmad Wani (belt no. APS/87) of Qaimoh Kulgam. 

In the meanwhile, locals and police reached the spot and shifted Dr Jalal to SKIMS where he was operated upon by team of doctors.

“After his operation, he is in stable condition and out of danger,” Dr Aijaz Mustafa, medial Superintendent of SKIMS said.

One doctor treating him at SKIMS said bullet has damaged his eyes and with the result Dr Jalal has lost his vision.

Meanwhile, 50 Rashtriya Rifles of Police and 183 Battalion along with police have cordoned off the entire area and launched searches to track the attackers.  

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Shah Geelani strongly condemned the killing as “inhumane and unacceptable.”

“It is tragic incident. He has been personally looking after my health also besides rendering invaluable services to people of Kashmir. Such attack is highly condemnable and unacceptable,” the octogenarian leader said on phone. “It’s personally very painful to me,” he said. Geelani also extended his sympathies with the family of Jalal and prayed for his early recovery.

Meanwhile condemning the incident PDP president Mehbooba Mufti  said such dastardly and unfortunate incidents only result into tragedies and didn’t yield anything in the past as well.

“Dr Jalal is an outstanding professional, who has been tirelessly and wholeheartedly helping the society”, she said in a statement.

Praying for the speedy recovery of Dr Jalal, Mehbooba said the broad day attack on him reflects the total breakdown of law and order machinery in the state, where human lives have lost the meaning now.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has also condemned the attack on the life of Dr. Jalal and on the killing of two police personnel in the incident.

Terming it an act of cowardice, the Chief Minister said that such attempts by terror mongers on the respectable persons who are the asset to the society is unfortunate and depicts the mind set of these elements having no concern for precious human lives.

The Chief Minister conveyed his solidarity with the bereaved families and to the Police Department and said that the police personnel martyred in the incident have upheld the traditional bravery and commitment towards safeguarding the people and the State. 

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