Policeman killed in Sopore encounter

A policeman was killed in an ongoing encounter at Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Wednesday.
Policeman killed in Sopore encounter

A policeman was killed in an ongoing encounter at Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, police said on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony of the slain cop at District Police Lines Srinagar, Director General of Police, K Rajindera Kumar, said that on a specific information, police and other forces laid a cordon at Marbal, Zaloora area in the morning.

"Militants opened fire on the forces in which a police constable Muhammad Shafi of QazigundAnantnag was killed," said the DGP.

He said the cordon continues in the area.

Other officers present on the occasion included Special DGP Law and Order, S P Vaid. Family members of the slain cop were also present, who later took the body to his native village in Qazigund.

DGP said that policemen have been offering huge sacrifices over the past 25 years of militancy in Kashmir. "Over 1500 officers and policemen have laid their lives while fighting militants in Kashmir," he said.

Asked whether situation in Kashmir had returned to normal, Rajindera said that the change is visible on the roads. "Credit for normalcy goes to the people of Kashmir," he said.

On class 12 and class 10 examinations conducted by the government, the Police Chief said that lot of steps were taken to ensure smooth conduct of exams in the wake of over four months of unrest. "It's because of the steps taken by the police and authorities that 99 per cent students participated in the exams," he said. The DGP, however, evaded query as to whether students detained on charges of stone pelting would also be allowed to attend exams.

Pertinently, forces in Kashmir have stepped up anti-militancy operations over the past couple of weeks after pro-freedom protests showed a dip. Earlier, a top police official admitted that due to the past four months of unrest, they were not able to receive inputs about presence of militants.

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