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Srinagar: Militants on Monday carried out three apparently-synchronised attacks killing three policemen and injuring two persons in the Valley where Asia’s largest Tulip Garden was opened to public as a major event to woo tourists to Jammu and Kashmir.
The deadliest of the attacks in three hours took place in Amshipora village in Shopian District of south Kashmir in which three policemen were killed by the ultras.
The attacks came on a day when Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed opened the Tulip Garden on the banks of the Dal Lake expressing the hope that the Valley would see a bumper tourist season this year and to make the numbers “unprecedented”.
A police officer said the three policemen–Head Constable Mushtaq Ahmad and Constables Shabir Hussain and Nazeer Ahmad Wani–had gone to the village to investigate a routine criminal case when the militants attacked them.
“The constables were unarmed and had travelled by a public vehicle. The attack took place at around 1:30 PM,” the official said.
The first attack took place in Pattan area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla District at around 11:45 AM when militants opened firing on a police officer travelling in a passenger bus.
Sub Inspector Ghulam Mustafa was shot at by two pistol-borne militants in a bus which was on its way to Pattan, resulting in injuries to the police officer, the officer said.
The driver of the passenger bus drove into a local police post where the cops shifted their injured colleague to hospital, he said.
The police officer has been referred to SKIMS Hospital here where the doctors said his condition was “stable”.
The third attack of the day took place at Tral in Pulwama District where the ultras shot at and critically injured a former militant at around 2:45 PM.
Rafiq Ahmad Bhat, a former militant of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, was shot at and critically injured by gunmen in the town, police said.
They said Bhat was rushed to Srinagar for treatment.
Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has expressed grief over the killing of three policemen in a militant attack in Shopian district on Monday.
PDP President Mehbooba Mufti also condemned the killing of three unarmed policemen and injuring of another in two militant attacks in Kashmir.
Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the attack on a police party in which three unarmed policemen were killed in Shopian District was a grim reminder of the challenges in the Valley.
Sameer Kaul quits PDP…
resigned from the party alleging that the regional party had compromised on its stated principles.
“I feel in some respects it doesn’t match my political philosophy and Kashmiriyat and therefore I am compelled to be myself and withdraw from participation in this party with immediate effect,” Kaul, a leading oncologist, said on Monday.
Kaul, who was with the PDP for more than three years, said, “I would request the party leadership to understand my point of view and accept my resignation forthwith.”
“When I joined PDP, I had the dream of a new Kashmir with new stakeholders, fresh ideas, honest politics and apolitical governance.
“But the moment opportunism of sharing power with the BJP succeeded, I was disappointed because all the stated principles of the creation of PDP were straightforwardly compromised,” he said.
Kaul also expressed displeasure over what he termed as “robbing” the separatists of their agenda by the PDP.
“Despite the manufactured distraction provided by instances of flood threat and Indo-Pak talks, I certainly feel the core values of this party are up for sale. I also felt sad about robbing of agenda of various Hurriyat parties who have their own political turf which needs to be respected.
“Misappropriation of neighbours, according to me, is a political misdemeanour,” he added.
Kaul said it is all about “the pied piper singing a different tune and trying to befool the people in a different way.”
“Also, the fact that despite assurances to me about empowering of KP community and other minorities, that the whole thing was thrown into the dustbin, was especially disheartening,” he said, adding “perhaps it had something to do with embracing the ultra-right.” PTI
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