Militants Decamp With 3rd Service Rifle in Week

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SRINAGAR:   In yet another rifle snatching incident in South Kashmir, pistol borne suspected militants shot at a cop and then decamped with his service rifle on Friday.

A police official said that policeman identified as Sartaj Ahmad (belt no. 209/Spn), who was posted as security guard at JK Bank branch Kachdora in Shopian was attacked by a group of two to three suspected militants today at around 10:40 a.m.

Superintendent of Police Shopian, Altaf Ahmed Khan said that the militants were three in number. “One of the militants targeted the cop at a point blank range and the other one took away his rifle. These militants fired some shots in air while fleeing from the spot,” he said.

“The injured cop who has been shifted to District Hospital Shopian is out of danger. Soon after the incident police, Army, CRPF and SOG personnel rushed to spot and conducted search operations. However no one was arrested,” another police official said.

Pertinently, on May 27, unknown gunmen snatched a service rifle from head constable Mahir Maqsood in the premises of District Hospital Pulwama. Prior to this incident, the driver of a BJP leader took away the service rifle of PSO Manzoor Ahmed at Prichoo Pulwama. 

Meanwhile, a top government official said that following the recent spurt in rifle snatching incidents security has been put on high alert in south Kashmir and few volatile parts of north Kashmir following killings of civilians working with telecommunication. 

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