SRINAGAR: Militants killed a police sub-inspector and a worker of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in two separate incidents in strife-torn Kashmir on Sunday.
Sub-Inspector Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir was intercepted by the militants at Wahibagh area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district when he was travelling from Srinagar to his hometown Sontbugh in Pulwama. He said the militants intercepted Mir’s vehicle and abducted him at gunpoint.
“After torturing him, militants shot him dead near Nallah Romesh area, few kilometres from the place where from he was abducted,” a police officer said.
Mir, 30, worked for the CID and was posted at Shergari area in Srinagar. According to Mir’s superiors, the desperation to see his parents prompted Mir to shave off his beard and change appearance in his unsuccessful attempt to dodge militants.
The bullet-ridden body of Mir and his vehicle was recovered from Nallah Romeshi area. The SI’s body had bullet marks in chest and abdomen.
“He was killed by militants who fired from point-blank range.”
Immediately after the assassination, the police, the CRPF and the Army reached the crime spot and launched a manhunt to track down the killers of the police officer.
Meanwhile, militants shot dead a PDP worker in Gangbugh area of Tengpora in outskirts of Srinagar in the evening.
A police officer said militants fired from close range at PDP worker Mohammad Amin Dar at Gangbugh area.
“He received critical bullet injuries in the chest and was referred to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead,” the officer said.
Dar, 40, was a close aide of senior PDP leader and former minister Syed Altaf Bukhari. No militant group has claimed responsibility of the two killings, so far.
Gunmen target Army patrol team
Militants attacked an Army patrol party in Shopian district on Sunday. The ultras opened fire on the team at Poterwal village. The Army retaliated, forcing the militants to flee.
Luckily, there were no loss of life in the exchange of gunfire.