The constable, whose INSAS rifle was snatched, was identified as Zahid Ahmad. Police said he was guarding a small check-post in the area housing Court
Unidentified gunmen Friday decamped with the service rifle of a policeman after spraying chili powder in his eyes in south Kashmir’s Kulgam town, police said.
The constable, whose INSAS rifle was snatched, was identified as Zahid Ahmad. Police said he was guarding a small check-post in the area housing Court Complex and residence of police officials when the incident took place.
A police official said two pistol-borne youth barged into the check-post at around 12.30 pm and held the constable at gunpoint and beat him up. “The assailants sprayed chili powder into his eyes before snatching his rifle,” he said.
Soon after the incident, Army, police and CRPF cordoned the area and launched searches to nab the attackers. However, the assailants managed to flee from the spot, the police official said.
The government forces instantly sealed all routes leading towards Kaimoh, Yaripora, Islamabad (Anantnag), Shopian, Damhalhanjipora and Qazigund.
The incidents of weapon snatching have become frequent in Kashmir for the past three years, particularly in South Kashmir. Police sources blame ‘shortage of weapons with militants’ for this.
On 14th April this year, unidentified persons snatched service rifle of a paramilitary trooper in Tral town. Few days later, militants killed two CRPF men and snatched their rifles at Sangam area of Anantnag (Islamabad) district.
On May 25, suspected militants snatched an automatic rifle along with a magazine from a cop and decamped with it in Pulwama district.
On 29 May, suspected militants shot at and injured a policeman Sartaj Khan and later decamped with his rifle in Shopian district.
On July 9, suspected militants fired at police constable Muhammad Yousuf in bid to snatch his rifle at the entrance of district court complex Pulwama.