On 10 August, two persons barged inside the Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch and attacked bank guard Mumtaz Ahmad with pepper spray and a sharp-edged weapon in an attempt to snatch his 12-bore rifle, a police spokesman said.
The National Conference patron and Lok Sabha MP said his party had never been a promoter of governor's rule but it appeared to be the only way to arrest growing unrest in the state, which he asserted is fast slipping into anarchy under the PDP-BJP government.
Besides discussing the overall security scenario in the state, Mufti asked heads of security agencies to implement Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) while executing operations in different parts of the state.
"The militants appeared at the Bugam branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Kulgam and tried to loot the money. The alert security personnel present there, however, foiled their attempt," the police spokesman said.
The meeting was chaired by Army’s top commander in Kashmir, Corps commander of 15 Corps A K Bhatt, and Inspector General of Police S P Pani was present at the meeting with other senior Army and police officials.
Soon after the militants tried to snatch the weapon of a BJP leader's PSO, police, Army and CRPF personnel launched an operation. This was followed by a gunfight between the security forces and militants.
The three militants — Fazili, his classmate and friend Syed Owais Shafi, and a ‘foreigner’ — reportedly came out of the house where they were hiding and opened fire as they tried to break the cordon. They were killed in retaliatory fire.