Rifle snatched from cop Grenade blast at Chattabal

MAJID NABI. Dated: 5/17/2018 12:45:43 PM

SRINAGAR, May 16: Service rifle of a cop on duty was snatched at Kashmir University gate by some unidentified persons.
Three civilians including a minor boy were injured after suspected militants lobbed hand grenade at CRPF vehicle at Chattabal area in old city today.
Suspected militants decamped with the service rifle of a policeman posted at Maulana Rumi Gate at Kashmir University Hazratbal on the city outskirts this afternoon.
Officials said that militants overpowered the policeman and snatched his service rifle after finding him alone in the guard post.
As soon as the incident occurred whole area was cordoned off and searches were conducted to nab the militants. However, the exercise proved futile as the government had to return bare handed.
A police official said that a formal case has been registered in this regard and investigation taken up to ascertain facts.
Meanwhile, panic gripped Chattabal area this afternoon with people ran helter-skelter for safety after militants lobbed a hand grenade on 115 Battalion CRPF vehicle at Pinchoo Mandi (vegetable market) leaving three persons including a minor injured.
The incident occurred hour after suspected militants snatched service rifle of a police personnel at Kashmir University.
The injured persons have been identified as Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, 35, son of Sanaullah Bhat, Junaid Ahmed, 6, and a lady whose identity could not be immediately ascertained.
A CRPF official said the grenade that missed the target was aimed at causing damage to CRPF personal deployed in the area.
“I was there when a person suddenly appeared and lobbed a grenade towards our jawans. It was a black ball like object that fell on ground and exploded with bang. Before it could harm our jawans they had already taken positions,” said the official.
He said the CRPF personnel tried a lot to arrest the assailant dead or alive but couldn’t succeed due to huge rush of people.
“We ran after the assailant and were about to open fire but fearing loss of lives we couldn’t retaliate,” he said, adding that it was not petrol bomb but hand grenade.



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