Six CRPF men injured in Srinagar terror attack

SRINAGAR:  A day ahead of the 72nd anniversary of Indian army’s landing in Kashmir, militants carried out a major attack on a CRPF party leaving six personnel injured at Karan Nagar area of summer capital city of Srinagar.

The incident occurred in the evening when CRPF was manning a check post at Karan Nagar area. Militants appeared near the Chowk and lobbed a powerful grenade which was followed by firing on the CRPF troopers.

Six security men were injured, one of them seriously, in the incident. They were immediately shifted to hospital for treatment.

Security forces immediately swung into action and retailed by firing some rounds. However, militants managed to escape under the cover of darkness. Security forces immediately cordoned off the area and launched operation to track down the militants responsible for the incident.

The attack comes a day before the 72nd anniversary of Indian army’s landing in Kashmir. It was on October 27 1947 when Indian army landed in Kashmir after Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession following the tribal raid by Pakistan.

The attack also comes four days before the state is formally divided into two union territories –Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. On August 5, Centre abrogated Article 370 and passed Reorganization Bill to divide state into two union territories.

Meanwhile, J&K Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said they have identified the militants involved in attack on non local truckers in Shopian on Thursday evening.  

 Two truckers from Rajasthan were killed and a driver from Punjab was injured in a militant attack on Thursday. Militants also torched three apple laden trucks.

 “The investigations into truckers killing are on and we have got some important clues . We know who is involved in this act… We have identified the people involved in the incident,” Singh said.

DGP said there are no inputs about any major attack on October 31, when two new union territories will come into existence. “Militants and their handlers always try to harm peace. Our effort is to ensure peace.. Hopefully all will remain safe…,” he said.

Ishfaq Ul Hassan

An accredited journalist with 22 years of professional experience, Ishfaq-Ul-Hassan has worked as a reporter based in Kashmir for two decades. He has covered various beats including militancy, politics, defence, minorities, social issues, religious groups and women issues in Kashmir. He had previously worked as Special Correspondent in Jammu and Kashmir for DNA (Daily News and Analysis) Newspaper for 13 years. Ishfaq is also associated with the New Delhi- based television company `Asia Pacific Communication Associates’ which produced the famous series “Subah-Bakhar-Kashmir” for satellite Kashmir channel of Doordarshan. In 2004, he was awarded the Charkha-Sanjoy Ghosh Fellowship for Peace and Development for his research on families divided across the LOC in Kashmir.

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