Militants on Monday attacked the ancestral house of senior minister in the J&K government and PDP leader Abdul Rehman Veeri at Bijbehra in south Kashmir. He was not in the house at the time of the attack. Veeri lives in his official accommodation in Srinagar.
Veeri is the second PDP minister whose house has been attacked since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July.
Watch what else is making news:
On Monday evening, militants targeted the police post outside the house of Veeri, who is Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs in the state government. The minister’s ancestral house is located in Veeri village.
A senior police official said that militants had come to snatch weapons from the policemen guarding the house, but they fled from the spot after the policemen responded with retaliatory firing.
After the militants escaped, Army and police cordoned off the area and launched a search operation to track them down.
Earlier, in August unidentified men had hurled a petrol bomb at the house of J&K Education Minister Naeem Akhtar at Parraypora in the heart of Srinagar.
Akhtar and his family were not present in the house at the time of attack. After the attack, the education minister’s security was upgraded.
In the past three months, there has been a series of incidents of rifle snatching from isolated posts, pickets and houses of politicians.
More than 28 rifles have been snatched from the security men. Monday’s attack took place despite high alert in the Valley about the possibility of attacks by the militants on high-value targets in Kashmir.