Former Director SKIMS Dr Jalal injured in attack

Two Security Guards Killed

KHALID GUL

Pampore, July 18: Eminent cardiologist and former Director SKIMS, Dr Sheikh Jalal-ud-din, was critically wounded and two policemen posted as his security guards were killed Thursday in a suspected militant attack in this South Kashmir area.
The attack was carried out at Nambalbal Pampore of Pulwama district.
“Today at around 4:05 p.m Dr. Jalal-ud-din was attacked near his residence at Asthan Chowk, Namblabal,” said a police official.
“In the attack, two policemen died on the spot while as the cardiologist was hit in his left eye and abdomen and immediately rushed to SKIMS.”
The slain cops have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Bhat (belt no. 1111/S) son of Ghulam Qadir of Bagiyas Chatabal Srinagar and Pervaiz Ahmad Wani (belt no. APS/87) son of Abdul Majeed of Wanigam Qaimoh Kulgam. The gunmen also decamped with the Insas rifles of the cops and fled the spot, sources said.
In the meanwhile, locals and police reached the spot and shifted Dr Jalal to SKIMS where he was operated upon by team of doctors.
“After his operation, he is in stable condition and out of danger,” Dr Aijaz Mustafa, Medical Superintendent of SKIMS said.
Dr Jalal, 64, is a police protected person. His wife happens to be the daughter of former Congress leader and Minister Late Ghulam Muhammad Mir Rajpuri.
So far no militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack. The contingents of Police and paramilitary cordoned off the area and a manhunt was launched to nab the assailants, police said.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Shah Geelani strongly condemned the killing as “inhumane and unacceptable.”
“It is tragic incident. He has been personally looking after my health also besides rendering invaluable services to people of Kashmir. Such attack is highly condemnable and unacceptable,” the octogenarian leader told KNS over phone. “It’s personally very painful to me,” he said. Geelani also extended his sympathies with the family of Jalal and prayed for his early recovery.
Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has condemned the attack on the life of Dr. Jalal and on the killing of two police personnel in the incident.
Terming it an act of cowardice, the Chief Minister said that such attempts by terror mongers on the respectable persons who are the asset to the society is unfortunate and depicts the mind set of these elements having no concern for precious human lives.
The CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has strongly condemned the attack on noted cardiologist and former director SKIMS Dr Jalal-u-Din.
Strongly condemning the murderous attack on the renowned medico of the State, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president, Mehbooba Mufti Thursday said such dastardly and unfortunate incidents only result in tragedies and didn’t yield anything in the past as well.
She said Dr Jalal is an outstanding professional, who has been tirelessly and wholeheartedly helping the society. Praying for the speedy recovery of Dr Jalal, Mehbooba said the broad day attack on him reflects the total breakdown of law and order machinery in the State, where human lives have lost the meaning now.
She expressed her heartfelt sympathies with the families of two policemen who have lost their live in the incident.
In a statement, Tarigami has termed the incident unfortunate. “This attack is a senseless act which needs to be condemned by one and all. It has also led to the killing two security guards which is an irreparable loss for their families.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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