Close on the heels of government announcement to remove roadside Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the summer capital Srinagar, militants struck in the downtown, killing a police officer on Friday.
A CRPF bunker at Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, was being removed despite the firing incident.
Official sources said militants shot at and critically wounded an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) of Jammu and Kashmir Police at Darish Kadal in the downtown city. The injured officer, Sukhpal Singh was rushed to hospital where he succumbed in the operation theatre, sources said.
Later, police and security forces launched a massive hunt to arrest the militants responsible for the killing of police officer.
The attack came at the same time when a CRPF bunker, housed in a gutted Palladium cinema hall at Lal Chowk was being removed after more than two decades.
Director General of Police (DGP) Kuldeep Khoda told reporters at Lal Chowk that a police post will come up at the same place where the CRPF bunker was located.
Chief minister Omar Abdullah had recently announced to remove all roadside bunkers in the city. Last month, a bunker was removed in the downtown city after two decades.
There are still about two dozen CRPF bunkers in different parts of the city and outskirts.
Senior police officers, who visited the hospital where the ASI was rushed after being hit by three bullets, said, "Some people having vested interests do not want people to live in peace. They will try to disturb peace but they will not be allowed to succeed in their designs".