SRINAGAR: Striking for the second time in less than 24 hours in south Kashmir, militants on Saturday killed two police personnel in poll-bound Anantnag from where CM Mehbooba Mufti is contesting.
In a targeted action against security personnel, militants opened fire at a police party at the main bus stand in Anantnag, injuring assistant sub-inspector Bashir Ahmad and constable Reyaz Ahmad. Both succumbed to their injuries. The attack comes less than 24 hours after militants of banned Hizbul Mujahideen ambushed a BSF convoy in neighbouring Goriwan area at Bijbehara, killing three of its personnel.
Saturday’s attack in Anantnag is seen as an attempt by militants to scare the voters as Mehbooba is seeking her election to the state assembly from here. Elections to the seat are now scheduled to be held on June 22.
Opposition National Conference hit out at the PDP-BJP government, saying, “Instead of making tall claims of improved ground situation on papers, the state government should do something concrete on ground and ensure safety and security of people.”
Party spokesperson Junaid Mattu said with elections round the corner in the assembly, tourist season and forthcoming Amarnath Yatra “one expects that security should be at its best. But every now and then, loopholes within the security establishment stand exposed”.