Policeman Shot Dead In Anantnag

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Srinagar- A day after a policeman had a narrow escape in a militant attack in Srinagar unknown militants shot dead a policeman near his home in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Saturday.

Head Constable Ali Mohammad Ganie was fired upon by militants near his residence in Hassanpora village of Bijbehara around 5:30 pm Saturday leaving him critically injured, a police spokesperson said.

Ganie, who received multiple gunshot injuries in the attack, was removed to the nearby hospital for treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries before the doctors could operate upon him.

According to the police spokesperson, Ganie was posted at Police Station Kulgam in the neighbouring district.

Soon after the policeman’s killing, government forces reached the spot and launched a cordon and search operation to nab the attackers. Senior police officers also reached the village to take stock of the situation.

“Police have registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law. Investigation is in progress and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime. Area has been cordoned and search in the area is going on,” the police spokesperson said.

Ganie’s killing comes a day after a policeman had a narrow escape in a militant attack in Batamaloo area of this capital city on Friday afternoon.

Constable Munir Meraj was returning home from a market when an unknown pistol-borne militant fired at him from close range in SD Colony of Batamaloo. Mehraj got a bruise in his ear and survived miraculously in the surprise militant attack.

Meanwhile, several mainstream leaders condemned the killing of policeman by militants

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and party vice president Omar Abdullah condemned the killing of the policeman.

Violence in any of its manifestations is always unacceptable and will yield nothing except further death and destruction. The vicious cycle of death has caused much loss to human lives in J-K while devastating the socio-economic conditions of the people during the last over three decades. It is high time for such incidents to be stopped now. My heartfelt sympathies are with the bereaved family, Farooq Abdullah said.

Very sorry to hear about the death in the line of duty of HC Ali Mohammad Ganie. I unreservedly condemn this attack while at the same time sending my heartfelt condolences to his family & loved ones. Allah Jannat naseeb karey, Ameen, Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

People's Conference chairman Sajad Lone termed the incident as senseless violence .

Yet another gruesome act of senseless violence. Ali Mohd Ganai of JK police falls to the bullets of cowardly violent thugs. Salute his sacrifice, Lone said in a tweet.

Apni Party president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari also strongly condemned the killing of the policeman and termed the attack as cowardly and extremely heart-wrenching.

Bukhari asserted that violence holds no space or legitimacy in any civilised society.

Such acts have only worsened the collective situation in Jammu and Kashmir for a long time now.

How many innocent lives have to be further sacrificed and how many homes are still destined to be devastated? These radical forces have only added to the woes of the people and there needs to be an end to this senseless violence once for all. I utterly condemn this despicable attack and extend my deep sympathies to the family of the slain cop, he said.

Bukhari said one more family has today lost its bread-winner to the reprehensible cycle of bloodshed

He urged the government to disburse adequate ex-gratia to the family of the slain policeman besides putting forth efforts to impede such heinous acts preemptively so that no precious lives are lost.

The PDP also condemned the attack.

@jkpdp PDP strongly condemns the killing of @JmuKmrPolice HC Ali Mohd Ganie in a gruesome attack at Hassanpora, Bijbehara. We offer our condolences to the bereaved family, the party tweeted.

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