SrinagarHeavily armed Militants on Saturday attacked a police team on south Kashmirs in Pulwama district, leading to the death of one policeman and injuring one security personnel, the police said. Following the attack, security at Pulwama has been beefed up.
The attack took place at around 4:30 pm at Rajpora police station.
Heavily armed terrorists fired upon a naka party of police near Police Station Rajpora in Pulwama, resulting in injuries to two of our personnel, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police S P Pani told PTI.
The officer further added that the injured policemen were rushed to a hospital for treatment after which one of them succumbed to his injuries. The condition of another officer is stated to be stable.
The area has been cordoned off and a search for the attackers has been launched, the DIG said. He said it was not an attack on the police station.
Intense Clashes Prompt Forces Retreat From Cordoned Village
Government Forces retreated from Sambora Pampore area of South Kashmirs Pulwama district after locals hit to roads and pelted stones on them.
Government Forces comprising army, CRPF and SOG of Jammu Kashmir Police tried to launch a Cordon and Search Operation in Sambora village; however, locals in large number hit to roads and pelted stones on them, local news agency, CNS, quotes eyewitnesses.
In order to disperse the protesters, forces resorted to teargas shelling and aerial firing. The protesters persisted and continued to hurl rocks on the Forces personnel. Witnesses said they attacked Forces vehicles and shouted pro-freedom slogans.
According to witnesses, government forces retreated from the area without conducting any search operation.
Pertinently, two soldiers and a militant were killed in a gun fight in the same village on Tuesday evening.
Militants Conducting Attacks To Boost Their Morale: Dillon
Defence expert D.S. Dhillon on Saturday said militants by targeting Special Operations Group (SOG) camps and police stations in Jammu and Kashmir are trying to uplift their morale as they have no support now.
“Most of the attacks are taking place on security forces, Dillion spoke with a news wire. Through such attacks these militants are trying to boost their degrading morale as they want to show that they have the power to target the security forces. The local youth is not supporting them and funding from outside has also been curbed.”
He added that the militants want to remain in news and hence were carrying out attacks.
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