4 Cops, Civilian Injured In Batamaloo Grenade Attack


Srinagar, July 17: An under-trial former militant of Hizbul Mujahideen was killed while four policemen and a civilian were injured when unidentified persons hurled a grenade on a police vehicle in Batamaloo area of Srinagar Wednesday morning.
The former militant was identified as Shakeel Ahmad Kasana son of Abdul Rahim Kasana of Kralkhain Hayan Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. Police said he was the former bodyguard of Hizbul Mujahideen and United Jihad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahudin.
Giving details, a police official said, “The police vehicle was trapped in traffic when a person came and dropped the grenade inside the vehicle. It resulted in critical injuries to the ex-militant and four cops.” He said all the injured were shifted to SKIMS where Shakeel succumbed to injuries and the cops and the civilian are being treated.
The injured civilian was identified as Ghulam Nabi Malik son of Muhammad Subhan Malik resident of Soibugh, Budgam. The injured policemen were identified as Sajad Ahmed, Sabzar Ahmed, Sajjad Ahmed and Bashir Ahmed of Police Station Pantha Chowk.
The police official said that Shakeel was being shifted to District Jail Baramulla from Police Station Pantha Chowk for detention under Public Safety Act second time.
The incident created panic in the area and people ran to safer places. The forces carried out a cordon and search operation, however no one was arrested.
Shakeel, according to police records, had crossed the Line of Control (LoC) in 2003.
A police official said Shakeel was arrested in December 2012 and FIR vide number 113/2012, 7/25 Arms Act stands registered against him. “He was responsible for different arson, murder and blast cases,” he said.
A police hand out said a case has been registered into today’s incident and investigation taken up.
A little known outfit, Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Force, has claimed responsibility for the grenade attack.
A caller identifying himself as the spokesman of the Force in a tele-statement said: “Cadres of our outfit carried out the attack. It is unfortunate that two of our Kashmiri brethren sustained injuries in the attack.” He said that such attacks would continue in future.
The parents of the Shakeel Ahmad Kasana told Greater Kashmir that their son had left home five years ago when he was a student of 9th class at Boys High School Cherwan Kangan.
They came to know about his joining militancy when he was arrested during an encounter between forces and newly infiltrated militants at Chhatergul Kangan last year.
Sources said that Shakeel was part of a five-member militant group trapped by forces at Chhatergul after they crossed to this side of LoC. They said two militants were killed in the encounter and two managed to flee while Shakeel was arrested.
Shakeel’s father Abdul Hamid Kasana said that despite court quashed his Public Safety Act and issued his release order two months back, he was again arrested outside Kathua Jail and lodged in Srinagar JIC and was presently lodged in Shergadi police station where he met him on Tuesday.
“It came as a shock when I heard the news about his death from local police station at Kangan. I demand that the circumstances of Shakeel’s death be verified and the matter be probed," he said. Late evening Shakeel’s body was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in the foothills of Sindh range forests in Kralkhain Hayan, Kangan. Hundreds of people participated in the funeral of the slain militant.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 17 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST

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