From KO Archives | Militants Disarm Cops, SPOs In Tangmarg

SRINAGAR- In a dare-devil overnight strike, militants disarmed the policemen guarding the houses of migrant Kashmiri pandits in a Tangmarg village yesterday. They decamped with the arms and ammunition without causing any physical harm to their victims.

According to reports, a group of heavily armed militants swooped on a security picket established to guard a cluster of migrant houses at Tarhama near Kunzar in Tangmarg area of Baramulla district late last evening. After ordering the policemen out of the post, they relieved them of their arms and ammunition.

Reports said the intruders decamped with an SLR and its 20 rounds, three conventional .303 guns and their 150 ammunition rounds, uniforms and identity cards of the personnel. Five personnel present at the security post at the time were Firdous Ahmad (belt No 2092), officer incharge, constable Fayaz Ahmad (No 62/B), and three special police officers (SPOs), Muhammad Ayub (No 553), Ayaz Ali (No 603) and Muhammad Abdullah (No 507).

They are believed to have offered no resistance. The additional superintendent of police, Sopore, told Kashmir Observer the intruders spoke Punjabi and Urdu.

 (Kashmir Observer, 02 February, 2001)

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