Head constable killed in militant attack

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2014 19:53 IST

Suspected militants shot at and killed head constable Rajinder Singh of the Railway Police on the rail track at Malangpora in Pulwama on Tuesday.

According to a police spokesman, the head constable was injured in his shoulder, back and leg. He was shifted to a hospital in Pampore where he succumbed to his injuries later.

Singh is a resident of Kanglora, Tral in South Kashmir. He is survived by three daughters, two of whom are unmarried and a school-going son.

The attack happened on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in the state for inauguration of the power projects in the Ladakh region.

The attack came a day after seven Border Security Force personnel, including an assistant commandant, were injured when the militants attacked a convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway near Pampore.

A BSF spokesman said the convoy was returning from Chandanwari in Pahalgam towards the Pantha Chowk camp in Srinagar after completing the Amarnath duty. "On reaching near the road junction in Pampore, the militants opened heavy fire on a bus, part of the convoy, from both sides of the road taking advantage of high ground at around 09:41 pm."

According to a local news agency, CNS, militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility of the attack. A person who according to the news agency identified himself as Hizb spokesman Baleeg-u-din, said that the attack was carried out in the wake of Prime Minister of India's visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

"Whenever, any Prime Minister of India will visit our land for inaugurating the railways, bridges and dams, our Mujahideen will always welcome him with bullets," the Hizb spokesman said.

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