Day after militant killing, two BSF men shot dead in Kashmir

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Wahid Bhat | Srinagar

A day after a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander was killed along with another militant in Srinagar, two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were shot dead in Pandach area on the outskirts of the city Wednesday. J-K Police said the two BSF men were on naka duty on Srinagar outskirts when they were attacked.

Two BSF jawans on Naka Duty at the outskirts of Srinagar city at Pandach Chowk were fired upon by 2/3 bike borne militants/youth. One jawan died. Other injured evacuated to hospital,” a J-K Police spokesperson said.

At Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences in Soura, officials said the two BSF men were declared brought dead. Two BSF personnel were killed when militants attacked a party of 37 batallion of the paramilitary forces.

Militants fired discriminately at the BSF party near old road Pandach, resulting in serious injuries to two personnel who were evacuated to nearby SKIMS hospital Soura Srinagar. However, sources said that both were declared as brought dead on arrival by the doctors who attended upon them.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Dr Farooq Jan confirmed that both of them were declared as brought dead on arrival. Sources said that the 37 battalion CRPF is stationed at dignibal Ganderbal.

Earlier two militants were killed in Nawa Kadal encounter have been identified as Hizbul Mujahideen’s divisional commander for Central Kashmir Junaid Sehrai, the son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai.

DGP Singh said that in the operation that started last night at Nawa Kadal area and culminated this afternoon, Hizbul Mujahideen’s divisional commander for Central Kashmir Junaid Sehrai was killed. “Sehrai was assigned the task of heading Central Kashmir areas,” he said.

The DGP said while replying to a query what were the two slain militants doing in Srinagar, he said that they were tasked to lure youth into militancy and for grenade throwing. “Junaid would hold meetings with the youth and lure them towards militancy,” he said. “Junaid would also operate in Pulwama and Shopain along with his associate Tariq. There were half a dozen FIRs against him.”