Militants Kill CRPF Officer In Chadoora, Snatch His Rifle

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Militant Killed In Tral Encounter

Srinagar: Unidentified militants on Thursday shot dead a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer and decamped with his service rifle in Chadoora area of Budgam district.

Unknown bike borne militants appeared in Kaisarmulla village of Chadoora this morning and opened fire upon an officer of CRPF 117 battalion, reports said. The officer identified as Assistant Sub-Inspector N.C Badole collapsed on the ground in a pool of blood while the militants managed to flee from the spot along with his rifle.

According to the reports, the injured CRPF officer was removed to army’s 92 base hospital here for treatment. However, he succumbed to grave gunshot wounds.

The deceased officer was a resident of Maharashtra.

Soon after the attack, government forces carried out a cordon and search operation in the area to nab the assailants. News agency KNT reported that two people, including a tailor were detained by the state forces for questioning.

Pertinently, the attack on CRPF officer comes barely a day after suspected militants shot dead a block development council (BDC) member in the central Kashmir district on Wednesday evening.

Bhupinder Singh, a member of the block development council of Khag block in Budgam district, was shot at by the militants in his ancestral village Dalwash. He died on the spot.

Militant Killed In Tral Encounter

Meanwhile a report from Tral said, a local militant on Thursday was killed in an encounter with government forces this south Kashmir area.

Acting on specific input, army’s 42 RR, police and the personnel of CRPF 180 battalion carried out a cordon and search operation in Machama area of Awantipora this morning, a police spokesperson said. The militant, he said turned down surrender offer and instead opened fire upon the search party.

“The joint team returned the fire triggering off an encounter. In the exchange of fire, the militant was killed. His body was also retrieved from the encounter site,” the police spokesperson said.

Police identified the killed militant as Irfan-ul-Haq Dar of Gadikhal village in Awantipora associated with Al-Badr.

Dar, according to police was involved in a grenade attack on police station Awantipora in April last year. He was arrested by police and sent to Kot Balwal Jail.

“After his release in April 2020, Irfan-ul-Haq was secretly involved in militant activities which include Al-Badr related recruitment in Awantipora & Tral areas. He was an important motivator and influenced young minds for joining militant ranks,” the police spokesperson said.

Earlier in 2016, the police spokesperson said Dar was involved in a stone pelting/arson case of Police Station Awantipora.

“Keeping in view the prevailing pandemic due to COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of people from inherent risk of contracting the infection, the body of the killed militant shall be sent to Handwara for burial after completion of all medico-legal formalities. The nearest family members of the killed militant shall be allowed to participate in the last rites at Handwara,” he said.

The police spokesperson said that incriminating materials including arms, ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter. He said all the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation and to probe his complicity in other crimes.

“In this connection a case under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated,” the police spokesperson said.

“People are requested to cooperate with police till the area is completely sanitized and cleared of all the explosive materials, if any,” he added.

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