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Jammu & Kashmir: 2 BSF men gunned down in Koil attack

17th Aug 2014
Jammu & Kashmir: 2 BSF men gunned down in Koil attack

 

 

By SHOWKAT DAR/SHABIR IBN YUSUF

 

Koil/Srinagar, J & K, India, (Greater Kashmir): Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an officer, were killed while four others sustained critical injuries in a militant attack near the Indian Air Force (IAF) airfield in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Saturday afternoon.

This is the fourth such attack in the past seven days in south Kashmir, and second on the BSF in Pulwama district. The authorities have sounded an alert in Srinagar and intensified frisking operations.
Police said militants opened indiscriminate fire on a BSF Gypsy near Higher Secondary School Koil, some yards away from the IAF airfield. “Two to three gunmen opened fire on the vehicle and killed two BSF men,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SP) Pulwama, Tijender Singh, told Greater Kashmir.
The deceased were identified as ASI Rudal Singh and Head Constable Subedar Singh Yadav, both from 165 Bn BSF. The injured were identified as Constable Paravjit of 165 Bn BSF, Vijay Thapliyal of 92 Bn BSF, Constable Amar Bahadur of 92 Bn BSF, and Constable (Driver) Vinod Singh of 92 Bn BSF. They were shifted to Army’s 92 Base Hospital in Srinagar.
A middle-rung official said the Gypsy was coming back after patrolling a nearby area. “The militants fled from nearby orchard fields after the firing.”
“A search operation is going on but nobody has been arrested so far,” the SSP Pulwama said. He said “the attack was most probably carried out by the militant group which carried out recent attacks in the district.”
Panic gripped the area after the firing and people were seen rushing for safety. “We were working in our orchards. When we heard the gunshots, we rushed to safer places,” a local resident said.
This is the fourth militant attack on the government forces in Pulwama district in the past 10 days. Overall, six persons including five security personnel were killed in these attacks.
BSF VERSION
A BSF spokesman said the incident took place at about 1.20 pm when some unidentified militants fired upon a Maruti Gypsy vehicle of the 165 Bn BSF. “The vehicle was on a routine patrolling duty from BSF Koil Post (at Vill Koil) to Awantipora Airfield in Pulwama of South Kashmir. The incident was a chance engagement by the militants, who probably were on a lookout to inflict casualties on security forces to make their presence felt. Troops of BSF as well as 55 RR immediately cordoned the area and Search Operation is still in progress,” the spokesman said.
RECENT ATTACKS
On August 11 (Monday), militants attacked a BSF convoy in Pampore area of Pulwama district, injuring seven personnel including an assistant commandant. Next day, militants shot dead a railway policeman in Puchal Malangpora. On August 13 (Wednesday), militants attacked an Indian Reserve Police Gypsy at Galandar, killing two policemen and a civilian.
Meanwhile, following today’s militant attack in Koil, all four districts of south Kashmir, and Srinagar district of Central Kashmir, were been put on high alert.
Reports said armed forces have been deployed in all towns while entry and exit points to all south Kashmir districts put on vigil. Security at the Indian Air force airfield at Malangpora has also been beefed up.
In Srinagar, soon after the militant attack in Koil, unarmed policemen were asked to remain inside Police Stations/Posts while the fully armed cops were deployed on main roads, sources said.
Eyewitness said police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel deployed on roads set-up barricades and check points to frisk pedestrians. The frisking, witnesses said, was being carried out in Parimpora, Pantha Chowk, Nowgam and some others areas of the city.

 

ATTACK A CONCERN FOR US: DG BSF
BSF’s Director General D K Pathak said there is a need to change the strategy while fighting militancy in Kashmir.
Terming the killing of two BSF personnel as unfortunate, Pathak said he would visit Kashmir on Sunday to have a thorough internal review of the prevailing situation.
“After the Pampore attack, I visited the Valley to review the situation, but I have decided to visit there again on Sunday (August 17) to have a thorough review of internal affairs of the BSF,” Pathak told Srinagar-based news gathering agency, CNS, over phone from New Delhi.
The DG said it is a matter of concern for them that militants have managed to struck twice on the Force in a short span of time.
HIZB CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY
Hizbul Mujahideen Operational Spokesperson, Baleeg-u-Din told CNS that a special squad of HM carried out the Koil attack.
Hizb Claims Responsibility
Hizbul Mujahideen Operational Spokesperson, Baleeg-u-Din told CNS that a special squad of HM carried out the Koil attack.
http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2014/Aug/17/2-bsf-men-gunned-down-in-koil-attack-6.asp

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