One Army jawan killed, another injured in Baramulla

Updated on May 19, 2007 07:59 PM IST
The jawans were on routine ROP (Road Opening Party) duty when some unidentified terrorists shot at them, reports Tejinder Singh Sodhi.
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Hindustan Times | ByTejinder Singh Sodhi, Baramulla

One Army Jawan was killed whereas another was seriously injured when unidentified terrorists fired at them from close range in the busy main market of Baramulla town, just outside the police station Baramulla.

The dead Army jawan has been identified as Jugu Kumar of 46 Rastriya Rifles posted at Baramulla, the injured was identified as Vikas Kumar also of 46 RR Battalion posted in Baramulla.

The jawans were on routine ROP (Road Opening Party) duty when some unidentified terrorists shot at them from behind a parked Tata Sumo, an eyewitness said.

Eyewitnesses said that more than ten rounds of fire were shot, people began to run here and there after hearing the gunshots as panic gripped the entire township. Shopkeepers in the main market lowered down the shutters of their shops and ran for safety. However an Army officer told this reporter that Army maintained maximum restrain to avoid civilian causalities.

"If our jawans would have retaliated then there would have been civilian casualties. To avoid civilian damage our jawans maintained restrain," said an Army officer.

The injured jawan was rushed to the Army hospital, where his condition is stated to be critical.

Top Army and police officers reached the spot to access the situation as all roads leading to the market were sealed off by the police.

A massive man hunt has been launched by the police and the Army in the town to nab the persons involved in the attack.
Terrorists have adopted a new technique of attacking the security forces from close range to avoid face to face battle. This helps the attacker to escape taking advantage of the crowd, an Army officer said.

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