Police foil rifle-snatching bid by militants in south Kashmir; area cordoned off

An official said that militants approached police guard at Wanpoh power grid station with an intention to loot weapons.

GK Web Desk
Srinagar, Publish Date: May 25 2018 2:19PM | Updated Date: May 25 2018 6:45PM
Police foil rifle-snatching bid by militants in south Kashmir; area cordoned offRepresentational pic

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday claimed to have foiled a rifle-snatching bid by the militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

An official said that militants approached police guard at Wanpoh power grid station with an intention to loot weapons.

“However, the alert sentry fired some shots forcing the militants to flee,” he said, adding the area has been cordoned off to nab the attackers.

GNS news agency, quoting SSP Kulgam Harmeet Singh, said the militants had come with an intention to snatch rifles.

Three major incidents of rifle snatching took place in Srinagar alone during the past 15 days. Four rifles were snatched from a guard post in Hyderpora, a rifle from a guard at the Kashmir University gate and three rifles from a guard room in a hotel in Dalgate area.

In the wake of these incidents, the ADGP has directed that no sentry will be allowed to use smart phone during duty hours. Sentries, especially those on guard duty, have been asked to wear bulletproof gear and chain their weapons with their belts.

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