Ultras strike CRPF convoy, 3 die

Ultras strike CRPF convoy, 3 die

Ultras strike CRPF convoy, 3 die

Two paramilitary troopers and a civilian were killed when militants attacked a CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway near Pampore in Pulwama district on Saturday evening.

Reports said the militants, after attacking the convoy, stormed the multi-storey Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) building in the area where around 20 people, including trainees and their trainers, were trapped.

However, a senior police officer said at least 120 people, who were trapped in the building, have been evacuated from the EDI building which is barely seven km from the Army’s 15-Corps headquarters.

Superintendent Police (SP) Awantipora, Muhammad Irshad said: “Three to four militants are hiding in the building and the exchange of fire was on when the last reports came in.”

Eyewitnesses told Deccan Herald over phone that before storming the EDI building, the militants fired at the CRPF convoy in which two paramilitary personnel lost their lives while another 12 were injured. Among those injured was a civilian who later succumbed to his injuries. He has been identified as Abdul Gani Mir, an employee of the EDI.

Two slain troopers have been identified as head constable Bhula Singh of 144 Battalion CRPF and Constable RK Raina — driver of the vehicle. The condition of two more troopers isalso stated to be critical.

An employee of EDI who was evacuated described the scene inside the building as “chaotic”. “There were women inside. They were crying and one could hear the sound of shrieks amid the gunfire,” he said.

Large contingents of Army and policemen rushed to the ambush spot and cordoned off entire area. Some locals said some youths pelted stones at security forces even as the men in uniform were engaged in a gunfight with the militants.