Security beefed up in north Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Government forces on Saturday beefed up security across north Kashmir after militants attacked a police party yesterday late evening in Mirgund area of Baramulla district.

Sources said that the forces including police’s Special Operation Group (SOG) and army conducted frisking of pedestrians, vehicles and passengers in parts of Baramulla district which include Pattan, Singhpora, Mirgund and others sensitive areas.

Four people including Station House Officer (SHO) Pattan were injured after militants opened fire on them at Mirgund during searches. The injured include three cops and a driver of Tavera vehicle in which militants were travelling.

Sources said that the heightened security arrangements were made as government forces suspected the presence of militants in Pattan and its adjoining areas. The forces, however, didn’t arrest or detain anyone during the frisking and search operations.

Meanwhile the injured SHO would be flown to Apollo Hospital, New Delhi tomorrow for specialized treatment. The SHO was initially referred to 92 Base Hospital of army and today he was shifted to SKIMS Soura.

The militants, after attacking police, had managed to escape from the spot. 

MirgundAttack:I Cards of Militants Found ‘Fake’

PATTAN:  The identity cards of the militants responsible for the attack on police party in Mirgund area of Pattan town in North Kashmir’ have proved fake as according to police initial investigation has revealed that no such persons with such identity as shown on Identity cards exist in Sopore and Bandipore.

The two militants who attacked police party in which three cops and a driver were injured have left their ‘fake’ identity cards on the spot of the incident.  “One identity card shows the address of a militant as Banday Mohalla Bandipore and for another it shows he is the resident of Sopore town. “Both the identity cards are fake as no persons by such names and addresses exist in the district,” said a police official.

SHO, Police Station Pattan, Muhammad Saleem and two other police officials, Dilshad Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad, are currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for advanced treatment in 92 Base Hospital here. The driver of the Tavera vehicle (JK 01 Q-8792) Bilal Ahmed Gojri was also injured in the attack.

“Initial investigation has revealed that militant had no plan to carry out any attack in Pattan town. They probably were on way to Srinagar. They struck after the vehicle they were travelling in was intercepted by police near Mirgund where they were asked to reveal their identity cards. The militants in a bid to escape from the spot, fired indiscriminately upon police party,” DIG Police North Kashmir Range Gareeb Das told CNS adding that all efforts are on to nab the assailants.  (CNS)

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