CRPF Head Constable Killed In Srinagar Attack

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Another jawan injured in broad daylight militant strike in Maisuma

Srinagar- A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man was killed and his colleague injured in a broad daylight militant attack on Monday in Maisuma area of this capital city.

Around 3:30 pm Monday, unidentified militants opened fire upon two CRPF personnel in the bustling Maisuma area of the uptown city, officials said. Both the security personnel sustained serious gunshot injuries in the surprise attack. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. However, one of them identified as Head Constable Vishal Kumar succumbed to his injuries.

“Keeping in view the huge rush of people and to avoid any civilian casualties, security forces exercised maximum restraint,” a police spokesperson said Monday.

Soon after the incident, a contingent of police and CRPF personnel reached the spot and carried out a search operation to nab the attackers. The forces, according to the eyewitnesses, also questioned local traders about the attackers.

“Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and initiated investigation. Officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of the terror crime while the whole area had been cordoned off with the help of reinforcement and search in the area is going on,” the police spokesperson said.

Pertinently, the attack on CRPF men came barely ninety minutes after unknown militants shot at and injured two Bihar residents in Pulwama district.

Earlier on Sunday, two residents of Pathankot, Punjab were shot and injured in litter area of Pulwama on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the killing of a CRPF personnel in a militant attack evoked strong condemnation from mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir.

"Unreservedly condemn the cowardly attack in Maisuma, Srinagar earlier in the day, in which one CRPF personnel lost his life. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Prayers for the swift recovery of the one injured," the National Conference tweeted.

Party vice president Omar Abdullah also condemned the jawan's killing.

I add my words of condemnation to those of my colleagues & send my condolences to the family of the CRPF jawan killed in the line of duty. Prayers for the injured jawan in the hope that he makes a full recovery," he said.

PDP president Mehbooba Mufti tweeted, "Condemn attack on CRPF personnel in Maisuma this afternoon. This senseless violence doesn't yield anything apart from inflicting miseries on the innocent families of those killed. My condolences to the family and prayers for the injured."

JK Pradesh Congress Committee and the Apni Party also condemned the killing of the CRPF personnel.

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