Confusion prevails over Baramulla attack

Confusion prevailed over an attack at Army-BSF camp in Baramulla last night which was described by senior para-military officials on Monday as a 'shoot and scoot' strike by militants in which one BSF personnel was killed.
Confusion prevails over Baramulla attack
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Confusion prevailed over an attack at Army-BSF camp in Baramulla last night which was described by senior para-military officials on Monday as a 'shoot and scoot' strike by militants in which one BSF personnel was killed.

A sentry of 40th battalion of BSF located at Janbazpora spotted some suspicious movement near the open kitchen area and started firing apprehending that militants may have entered into the camp, sources said.

The firing led to panic in adjacent army camp where troops of 46 Rashtriya Rifles also started firing

in the direction in which suspected militants were believed to have entered.

Firing continued from all sides and it was not clear whether some militants had entered the camp or firing was coming from outside.

After 90 minutes of firing, illuminators were used to light up the sky but no militant was found, the sources said.

Security officials said the militants melted into darkness.

However, it was found that BSF constables Nitin and Pulwinder were injured in the firing and they were rushed to the hospital in Srinagar. Nitin later succumbed to his injuries.

It was not immediately known whether the BSF personnel was killed by the militants or had fallen victim to 'friendly fire' as all security establishments have been directed to be on a high alert after the Indian army claimed to have carried out surgical strikes on launch pads across the Line of Control on September 29.

Udhampur-based Northern Command had tweeted a little after midnight only that "Baramulla incident situation contained and under control".

Surprisingly, Home Ministry spokesman had claimed in the morning that two militants had been shot dead but this was corroborated neither by army, BSF or the local police.

The spokesman later said that the report of the killing of two militants was a "claim" and it was being "verified".

BSF Inspector General (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra told PTI that at least two militants were involved in the attack and the security forces recovered a GPS set, a compass and a wire cutter besides some ammunition this morning after a search was launched near the camp on the banks of the Jhelum river.

"My boys from the spot have confirmed that there were at least two militants who were firing at them. There could be few more militants, may be two more, but that is not confirmed as of now," he said.

Chandra said the firing started about 10:30 PM last night after the BSF men detected some "suspicious movement" in the vicinity of their camp that they shared with the 46 Rashtriya Rifles of the army.

"Our camp is co-located with the RR. The boys on sentry duty detected suspicious movements and when fire came in they came out of the bunker to effectively take on the terrorists," he said, and claimed that Nitin was grievously injured when a grenade lobbed by militants hit him.

According to Chandra, the militants melted into the darkness and a search operation is on.

BSF Inspector General (Kashmir) Vikash Chandra told PTI that "There could be few more militants (involved in the attack), may be two more, but that is not confirmed as of now."

He said the firing started about 10:30 PM yesterday night after the Border Security Force men detected some "suspicious movement" in the vicinity of their camp that they shared with the 46 Rashtriya Rifles of the army.

"Our camp is co-located with the RR. The boys on sentry duty detected suspicious movement and when fire came in they came out of the bunker to effectively take on the terrorists. Jawan Nitin was grievously injured when a grenade lobbed by militants hit him," he said.

The boys retaliated and repulsed the attack and did not allow the militants to enter the camp, the BSF chief in Kashmir Valley said, adding the militants melted into the darkness and a search operation is on.

He added that Pulwinder was hit on his leg during the exchange of fire and both were rushed to hospital in an army vehicle where Nitin succumbed to injuries.

Chandra said the militants attacked the camp from a corner where it shares the perimeter with a civilian locality.

"A GPS set, a compass and a wire cutter has been recovered from the spot where militants were holed up opposite the camp. Investigations are underway," he said.

Senior BSF officials said the slain constable Nitin (24) hailed from Etawah in Uttar Pradesh and had joined the border guarding force in October, 2012. 

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