Updated: September 18, 2021 3:10:24 am
A policeman and a civilian were shot dead by suspected militants on Friday in two separate attacks across Kulgam district, J&K police said.
According to a J&K police statement on the attack involving the policeman: “Preliminary investigation has revealed that terrorists had fired indiscriminately upon police personnel Bantu Sharma, son of Trilokinath Sharma resident of Wanpoh, Kulgam.”
Sharma sustained bullet injuries and was moved to the nearest hospital for treatment, where he succumbed to injuries.
On the second incident, police said militants fired “indiscriminately” upon labourer Shankar Kumar Chowdhary, a resident of Bihar, at Nihama area of Kulgam. “He had sustained grievous bullet injuries and was immediately shifted to hospital for the treatment, however, doctors declared him brought dead,” said J&K police.
Inspector General (Kashmir) J&K Police, Vijay Kumar told The Indian Express, “Terrorists and their handlers in Pakistan are frustrated with recent elimination of top commanders of terrorists and the peaceful environment after death of separatist leader SAS Geelani. That is why they have killed one unarmed policeman (PSI) recently and one unarmed policeman and one innocent labourer today (Friday) in Kulgam district.”
Police have registered a case 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 off and search in the area is going on,” J&K police stated.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, former chief minister Omar Abdullah and People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone condemned the attack on the police official.
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