Kashmir: 1 policeman, 2 civilians and 1 terrorist killed in Kulgam attack
Suspected militants attacked a police patrolling party in Kulgam on Saturday night, leading to the death of one policemen and two civilians. Four others, including two cops, were critically injured in the militant attack. One militant was also neutralised in the attack. Jammu & Kashmir police chief confirmed the death of at least 1 militant involved in the attack. “We have recovered a grenade from one slain terrorist,” DGP S P Vaid said.
The attack on security forces was reported from Mir Bazaar locality of Kulgam district. According to India TV, one policeman was immediately martyred in the attack. News agency PTI confirmed injuries to four others, whereas, NDTV confirmed the death of two civilians as well. Out of those injured, at least two were police personnel, reports confirmed.
The militant attack in Kupwara indicates the deteriorating law and order situation in the Valley, over the past few days. To control the rising insurgency, the Jammu & Kashmir police, in coordination with the Indian Army launched a crackdown in the Valley, detaining dozens of suspected militants. In Shopian and Pulwama, nearly 20 villages were cordoned off due to the large scale presence of militants.
Addressing a gathering earlier in the day, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the last hope to end the Kashmir issued raging from past 70 years.” She further called upon the youth to repose their faith in dialogue, rather than anarchy to resolve their issues. “Stone pelting swill help none of us. It has no solution to our crisis. Only dialogue would bring the solution,” she said, recalling how former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the then Jammu & Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed attempted to resolve the dispute through Insaaniyat, Kashmiriyat and Jamuriyat.
The fresh spell of unrest in Kashmir began following the conclusion of winter. The Lok Sabha bye-elections in Srinagar and Anantnag were the first major target of the militants. While the Srinagar bypoll recorded the lowest voting ever in past 30 years, the State Election Commission was compelled to cancel the bye-election in Anantnag.
Apart from security personnel, the militants have also targeted banks in the region. A total of 92 lakh rupees have been looted from J&K Bank branches in Shopian and Pulwama districts over the past fortnight. While Hizbul Mujahideen has been blamed for the loot, the insurgent outfit maintains that it has sufficient amount of cash in its reserve.