Ahead of Amit Shah visit, terrorists kill Jammu and Kashmir cop, wound CRPF man | India News – Times of India

SRINAGAR: A J&K policeman died and a CRPF trooper was wounded in a terrorist attack on a security checkpoint Sunday afternoon in Pulwama district, hours after a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative was killed in a shootout in the neighbouring south Kashmir district of Shopian.
The attack happened amid tight security in view of Union home minister Amit Shah’s scheduled visit to J&K from October 4. He will inaugurate several projects during his tour of Srinagar and Baramulla in Kashmir and Rajouri and other places in Jammu.
Sources said terrorists have ramped up their subversive activities lately. Back-to-back blasts inside two parked buses took place in Udhampur district within a span of eight hours on September 28 and 29, at a time when security forces have been put on high alert across the Union territory for Shah’s visit. At least two suspects were arrested for the twin blasts.
The terrorists were also trying to sabotage the Army’s Agniveer recruitment rally for short-term youth soldiers currently underway in Baramulla. Sources said terrorist outfits fear the military job drive would cart off their influence over youngsters.
Kashmir zone ADGP Vijay Kumar said Sunday that a policeman and a CRPF personnel were hit when terrorists fired at a checkpoint manned by a joint team in Pingelan of Pulwama. Both were wheeled to a nearby hospital, but the cop couldn’t be saved. The paramilitary trooper is said to be responding to treatment. The area was cordoned off to catch the assailants.
As many as 10 J&K policemen have been killed by terrorists till October this year—some of them in targeted strikes when they were on leave on off duty.
Hours before the attack, security forces engaged Lashkar terrorist Naseer Ahmad Bhat of Nowpora’s Baskuchan village in Shopian in a fierce gunfight that lasted three hours. He was hiding at his native Baskuchan when a search team surrounded him.
Police said “incriminating materials”, an AK-series rifle and ammunition were found on him. “He was involved in several #terror crimes and recently escaped from an #encounter: ADGP Kashmir,” police tweeted.
Dwelling on the Udhampur explosions, J&K DGP Dilbagh Singh said Sunday that sticky bombs fitted with timers were used and former terrorist Aslam Sheikh was rounded up for the crime that left two people wounded. Sheikh was an active terrorist till his arrest in 2005. He was released after serving time in jail.
Singh said former terrorists were being re-activated to carry out sticky bomb attacks. “There were at least four to five such IEDs/bombs available with them and possible target was the upcoming high-profile visit (home minister Shah’s tour). Sheikh has confessed to the crime.”
He said consignments of sticky bombs are available with the banned Pakistan-backed Lashkar outfit and Jaish-e-Muhammad may also have a few.
The DGP said police are keeping a close watch on all the former terrorists or those released from jail.

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