Militants target police in J&K

first_imgIn stepped up activity over Thursday and Friday, militants attacked a policeman, a police station, a former counter-insurgent and the house of a Superintendent of Police in south Kashmir.The policeman, identified as Saleem Yousuf Bhat, who was on leave at Kulgam’s Yamrach area, was fired upon on Thursday evening. Also in Kulgam’s Qoimoh, suspected militants barged into the house of a Superintendent of Police-rank officer. However, he was not at home and the militants left after ransacking the premises. The house of a counter-insurgent, whose identity could not be ascertained immediately, was also set on fire by militants in Kulgam’s Bachroo area.The spurt in attacks on local police is being attributed to police action against the family of a militant, Tauseef Sheikh, whose role is being investigated in the killing of a policeman, Nazir Ahmad Tantray. Tantray was shot dead in Kulgam on Wednesday. Locals accused the security forces of excesses during a raid on Sheikh’s house with members of the family allegedly suffering injuries due to police action. Militants also fired upon an army patrol and a police station in nearby Shopian district on Thursday night. There were no reports of any injuries.Rawat in J&KArmy chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday arrived in Jammu and visited forward positions on theLoC in Rajouri and Poonch. He will chair a security review meeting.last_img