In yet another incident of terror attack, one Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer, Sub-Inspector Sahib Shukla and a CRPF jawan were martyred while a jawan along with a civilian are wounded in a terror attack in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar. A search operation has been launched to nab the two to three terrorists said to be involved in the attack. Ravideep Sahi, Inspector General of the CRPF, has told ANI that a Sub-Inspector and a jawan have been killed and another jawan has been wounded, Sahi said ”Two CRPF men have died and a jawan has been wounded after our vehicle was fired upon”. Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, according to Republic.
Authorities have imposed Section 144 imposed in Pantha Chowk area of Srinagar, this means that more than four people cannot collect at one place close to the site where the incident took place. CRPF PRO has told ANI that two terrorists may have been holding up in the Srinagar branch of the Delhi Public School. No students or staff members are present in the school. 3G and 4G mobile internet services have been downgraded to 2G services in Kashmir.
According to PTI, the CRPF men who were attacked were part of a Road Opening Party (ROP). The men were sitting outside their vehicle when they were attacked by the terrorists just before 6 PM.
The attack comes a day after Mohammad Ayub Pandit, a Deputy Superintendent of Police was stripped and killed by a mob inside Srinagar’s Jama Masjid. The body of the slain police officer was later dragged outside the mosque and thrown in a drain.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti termed the police officer’s lynching a ‘shameful incident’, she said, ”The police officer had told his security guards to go home and offer prayers on the holy night of Shab-e-Qadr, this was a breach of trust”.