Policeman Shot Dead In Srinagar

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Srinagar: Suspected militants on Sunday shot dead a policeman in Batamaloo area of this capital city.

29-year-old Tawseef Ahmad was shot at and injured by suspected militants from close range outside his home in SD Colony, Batamaloo on Sunday evening, officials said. Ahmad, who sustained serious injuries in the attack, was removed to the nearby SMHS hospital for treatment.

However, the doctors there declared him brought dead.

“He had received a single bullet injury on the left side of his head. He was dead when brought to the hospital,” Medical Superintendent SMHS, Kanwaljeet Singh told Kashmir Observer.

Soon after the attack, a joint team of police and CRPF reached the shootout spot and launched a search operation to nab the assailants.

Meanwhile, police in a handout issued on Sunday night said that preliminary investigation has revealed that “terrorists” fired upon Constable Tawseef Ahmad Wani, a resident of S.D Colony Batamaloo around 8:15 pm.

“In this terror incident, he had sustained grievous bullet injuries and was shifted to nearby hospital for the treatment, where he succumbed to his injuries and attained martyrdom,” he said.

He further said that police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and investigation is in progress to work to establish the circumstances which lead to this “terror crime”.

The police spokesperson further said that senior police officers reached the spot and the area has been cordoned off and search was going on.

Ahmad’s killing is the first casualty in the month of November so far.

In the last month, 20 militants, 12 soldiers and 13 civilians were killed in different militancy related incidents, including encounters and targeted killings.

The killing of 13 civilians in a month, most of them non-locals, is the highest death toll in the last two years and the fourth-highest since 2012.

Majid Gojri, of Chattabal was the first civilian to fell to bullets on October 2.

Two days later, three more people were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar and Bandipora districts.

Among the deceased was prominent pharmacist Makhan Lal Bindroo, Virendra Paswan, a street vendor from Bihar and Muhammad Shafi alias Sonu, the president of Sumo Stand Hajin.

On October 7, Supinder Kour and Deepak Chand, both government school teachers, were killed in a brazen broad daylight attack in the Eidgah area of the Old city.

A day later, 28-year-old youth Parvez Ahmad of Larnoo, Kokernag was shot dead by the CRPF personnel at Monghal Bridge in Anantnag district. Barely a week later, Arvind Kumar Sah, a street vendor from Bihar, was shot dead in Eidgah Srinagar, while Saghir Ahmad, a carpenter hailing from Uttar Pradesh, was killed in Pulwama district.

Raja Rishi Dev and Jogindar Rishi Dev, both natives of Bihar were shot dead by suspected militants a day later.

On October 24, Shahid Aijaz Rather, as per the police, was killed in cross-fire between militants and CRPF personnel in Babapora area of Shopian district.

The spate of targeted killings, mostly of non-locals, led to exodus of hundreds of migrant labours and their families hailing from north India’s Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar states. The killing also prompted the security agencies to beef up security apparatus across the Valley.

In the last month also, 12 soldiers, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs) were also killed in one of the longest and biggest search operations in border districts of Rajouri and Poonch, where according to police an under-trial militant Zia Mustafa was also killed in exchange of fire.

The month of October also proved more deadly for militants.

The army, police and CRPF in joint operations killed 20 militants of various outfits in Srinagar, Shopian, Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Bandipora and Pulwama districts.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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