Terror bid on CRPF camp frustrated, one martyred
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan attained martyrdom in a gunfight that broke out after security forces foiled terrorists’ attempt to strike a camp of the paramilitary force in Srinagar on Monday. This even as Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Jammu to review the targeted attack on security forces in the State and blamed Pakistan for unleashing terrorists from across the border and warned the neighbouring country of serious consequences.
Sources said around 4.30 am on Monday, a CRPF sentry spotted two men with rucksack bags and armed with assault rifles moving towards the battalion headquarters of CRPF at Karan Nagar in the cover of darkness. “The alert sentry immediately opened fire and prevented the terrorists from entering the camp,” said Ravideep Singh Sahi, Inspector General CRPF.
“Our men and quick reaction teams were rushed and searches of the camp periphery were started in the residential area. Almost four hours later, a contact with terrorists, who were hiding in a partially constructed multi-storey building, was established,” he added.
The house where the terrorists took positions is in close vicinity of the CRPF camp. Before the exchange of fire intensified, security forces ensured safe passage for civilians in neighbouring houses.
“In the initial gunfight one of our jawan was critically wounded. He later succumbed,” he said. The slain CRPF jawan was identified as Mujahid Khan of 49 Battalion. He was a resident of Bihar. A policeman was also injured in the gunfight.
Till late in the evening, the exchange of fire continued despite intermittent snowfall. The security forces have sealed off all roads leading to the area.
The authorities also suspended high speed mobile internet in the city. In the initial hours, some local youngsters pelted stones on police and paramilitaries around the gunfight site. They were chased away by the cops using tear smoke shells.
In another incident, Yousuf Nadeem, one of the senior separatist activists, was shot dead when he was on to his home in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Nadeem, an employee of power department, was in a cab on way from Beerwa to Budgam in central Kashmir, said police sources, adding a person boarded the same vehicle and shot him dead. Nadeem was a former terrorist of Hizbul Mumineen and was actively associated with Tahreek-e-Wehdat, a constituent of Hurriyat Conference.
Meanwhile, shortly after the Indian Army called off the 53-hour anti-terror operation inside Sunjwan Military station in Jammu, Sitharaman said Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure. She said India will submit clinching evidence to Pakistan and expose the role of terrorist handlers roaming freely in their territory.
Addressing a Press conference in Jammu, after her visit to the Military Hospital, the Defence Minister said, “Terrorists belonged to JeM, sponsored by Masood Azhar residing in Pakistan and deriving support from therein,” she said, adding, “There is possibility that terrorists enjoyed local support though they were controlled by their handlers from across the border”.
She said NIA is scrutinising the evidence and shall be submitting a detailed report soon.
Meanwhile, JCO Madan Lal Choudhary was cremated with full military honors in his native village in Hiranagar area of Kathua on Monday. Madan Lal succumbed to the bullets of fidayeen inside family quarters in the wee hours of Saturday. He bravely secured his family and prevented entry of fidayeen inside his family quarter.
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