Cop killed, 3 injured in J&K grenade attack

Militants fired a rifle grenade on the camp of special operations group (SOG) of local police at Imam Sahib around 3.15 pm killing sub-inspector Sethi Ram on the spot,  sources said.

Constables Abdul Hamid and Mohammad Shafi and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan were injured in the attack at Shopian, 52 km from here. Shafi was stated to be in a “critical” condition.  Though the police and the CRPF personnel opened fire in retaliation, the ultras fled the scene.

Security operations

Security forces have cordoned off the area and a hunt has been launched to nab the militants involved in the attack –– the first major strike in the South Kashmir town where the alleged rape and murder of two women on May 30 had triggered widespread protests and strike for 47 days.

The strike ended only last week when a special investigation team of state police arrested four suspended police officers, including the then Superintendent of Police (Shopian) Javid Iqbal Mattoo on the directions of the High Court for “destruction of evidence.”

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