STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: A day ahead of the Independence Day, Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists martyred two Jammu and Kashmir policemen and wounded another in indiscriminate firing in Nowgam area on the outskirts of the Srinagar city, police said.They said the terrorists have been identified and will be neutralised soon.Terrorists fired indiscriminately on a police party near Nowgam bypass Friday morning, a police official said, adding three policemen were injured in the attack.
Srinagar: Pakistan and its proxies cannot tolerate the peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said on Friday after terrorists martyred two policemen and wounded another on the outskirts of Srinagar.Singh, however, asserted that the efforts to strengthen peace in the union territory would continue. The DGP was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a wreath-laying ceremony of the two martyred police personnel. We have placed extended deployments at many places in the city and outside it for the August 15 (Independence Day) function. We were also increasing the deployment on the outskirts (of the city). It is unfortunate that a deployment team was attacked on the outskirts of the city in Nowgam and two jawans were martyred and another injured, Singh told reporters.The DGP said Pakistan and its proxies cannot tolerate the peaceful atmosphere in Jammu and Kashmir and often create hurdles in the path towards peace.We are all aware of the situation in Kashmir where the terrorists regularly try to target civilians, police and forces and sometimes they succeed, but at the same time, the police and forces keep on taking actions to improve the situation, he said.We will intensify the (anti-terror) operations in the coming days, but such incidents take place because Pakistan and its proxies cannot tolerate the peaceful atmosphere here. Such conspiracies are hatched from across the border and they try to create hurdles in the way to peace. However, I am confident that our efforts to strengthen peace will continue, he added.
The policemen were shifted to a hospital where two of them succumbed and the third was undergoing treatment, the official said.Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said the JeM carried out the attack.“They fired indiscriminately and two of our jawans were martyred… We have identified them, they belong to JeM group. We will neutralise them soon,” Kumar told reporters near the site of the attack.Asked whether there were any inputs about a possible terrorist attack on the eve of the Independence Day, the IGP said the police get such inputs every year.“We have such inputs every year before August 15 and January 26. We had inputs that they will try (an attack) in some area. The boys were alert and prepared, but they (the terrorists) came from the rear side and fired on them.“We have cordoned off the area and the searches are on. This is a narrow lane and there was civilian movement and if our boys would have retaliated, there would have been loss of civilian, so they exercised restraint,” Kumar said.Expressing solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved families, the Jammu and Kashmir BJP said the police must track down the perpetrators and punish them sternly.In a statement issued here, its spokesperson Altaf Thakur said the attack on policemen who were deployed for people’s security is an act of frustration.Expressing deep anguish and sorrow over the martyrdom of two cops, the National Conference (NC) said violence does not provide a solution to any problem.Violence in all its forms is despicable and has no scope in the contemporary world. It only leaves behind the account of inevitable loss and prolonged grief, an NC spokesperson said.He said the party expresses solidarity with the kith and kin of the slain policemen and prays for eternal repose to the deceased.Condemning the barbaric act, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the violence of the past more than three decades has taken a heavy toll on the people in terms of death and destruction, tearing apart of the social fabric and inflicting massive losses.In a statement, the party said such attacks further aggravate the situation for the people of Kashmir.The party also posted a tweet saying, Vehemently condemn the attack on @JmuKmrPolice personnel. Such attacks further aggravate the situation for Kashmiri’s already reeling under double disaster post August 5. We join the families of deceased in mourning their loss.”The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) described the attack as senseless and shameful, and demanded exemplary punishment to the killers.In a statement, a party spokesperson said, Kashmir continues to bleed due to the mindless terror attacks, which is very unfortunate and matter of serious concern.Former minister Sajad Lone-led Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) also condemned the attackThe Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) said, Violence is not a solution but a gigantic impediment that spreads hatred. In any of its manifestations, violent extremism is unacceptable in a civilized society, regardless of political, ideological or religious motivations, a JKAP spokesman said.He said it is highly unfortunate and heart-rending that Kashmir continues to lose precious lives to senseless violence which has only aggravated the sufferings of the people over the years.The attackers have no respect for human lives and are only adding to the tragedies of the ill-fated families which must be condemned by one and all, he said, extending condolences to the bereaved families and wishing a speedy recovery for the injured personnel.
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