Two civilians were wounded on Friday after a militant opened fire to prevent the police from arresting him and his accomplices at a bus stand in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said.
Police officials said a team of cops had raided the bus stand when one of the militants “sitting inside a vehicle opened fire” and added that one of the militants was arrested.
Police said the injured, Rehti Begum and Reyaz Ahmad Teli, both residents of Arihal, Pulwama, were shifted to a nearby hospital for treatment
Pulwama Superintendent of Police (SP) Tijender Singh told reporters a special team of the state police’s special operations group (SOG) and the paramilitary CRPF conducted the raid following specific information about the presence of some militants.
“When police tried to apprehend the suspected militants who were sitting in a sumo, one among them opened fire at the police party. As they (police) shifted from the line of fire, two civilians were hit,” he said.
Singh said the police showed restraint and did not retaliate as there were many people around.
He said the security forces chased the militants and arrested one of them “wearing women’s clothes”.
“The apprehended person, an over ground worker, has been identified as Tariq Ahmad of Drach, Pulwama,” Singh added.
Singh said the militants were planning to carry out an attack in Pulwama town.
Some reports, however, suggested that Ahmad was a bovine thief.
Singh dismissed the reports saying Ahmad was not travelling with the militants. “He might have some connection or history, but he is also associated with militants in the area,” he added.