Policeman guarding Kashmir University attacked by miscreants, rifle snatched

Unidentified people allegedly snatched a rifle from a policeman guarding the Kashmir University in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Police said the policeman was attacked while he was manning a guard post at the institution located near Rumi Gate. He was on deputation from the armed police.

A spokesperson said security personnel were searching the area, and suspects were being identified. “The policeman is doing fine,” said Kashmir inspector general of police SP Pani.

Earlier in the day, government forces and suspected militants exchanged fire in the forests of Tral in Awantipora – located 40 km south of Srinagar.

A police control room official said militants opened fire at a patrol party in Shikargah, forcing them to retaliate. “Searches conducted in the area have now ended without yielding any result,” he added.

A policeman was killed and another injured in a suspected militant attack in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday. Special police officer Bilal Ahmad was critically wounded when militants fired at a police vehicle in Bijbehara, Anantnag.

The same day, a grenade was lobbed at the Rajpora police station in Pulwama district. There was no loss to life or property in the attack.

As many as 41 people, including militants, civilians and security personnel, were killed in various instances of violence across Kashmir last month. Around 23 people have been killed in May so far.