Cop injured in I-Day eve Srinagar attack succumbs  

Srinagar: A Jammu and Kashmir policeman who was wounded during an anti-militancy operation on eve of Independence Day in Srinagar’s old city area succumbed to his injuries, police said on Monday.

The policeman identified as constable Sarfaraz Ahmad, a resident of Batote Ramban was injured in a brief exchange of fire in Nowhatta area on Sunday evening in which a militant was also wounded.

“The injured policeman was shifted to hospital where he succumbed today,” a police officer said.

He said two scooty-borne militants had fired at the police party which was retaliated, triggering a brief ‘chance encounter’.

Police said the scooter used by two militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba was seized from the incident site.

“Besides, one AK-74 rifle and two grenades were recovered,” he added.
A massive search operation was later conducted by the joint forces in the area to trace the militants. However, sources said, the militants managed to escape taking advantage of darkness.

Investigations found that the scooty which was seized from the encounter site was sold last month to an active militant by Umer Mukhtar Naqeeb of Natipora, who has been arrested by police.

“One Umer Mukhtar Naqeeb of Natipora (has been) arrested for providing a second hand scooty to active terrorist Momin Gulzar on July 27,” a police spokesman said.

He advised the public not to not provide logistic support to militants.

“Public is informed not to extend logistics to terrorists, failing which law will take it own course. Further, public especially hospitals/clinics/doctors are requested to give information about any unknown person(s) coming for treatment as fleeing terrorist(s) are injured,” he added.

Two policemen have been killed in the last 30 hours. A policeman Tahir Khan of Mendhar, Poonch was killed in a grenade attack at Qaimoh Kulgam during the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.


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