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J&K: RPF Head Constable Killed, ASI Injured in Militant Attack at Pulwama Railway Station

By: Mufti Islah

News18.com

Last Updated: April 18, 2022, 22:38 IST

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Security forces have cordoned off the area outside Kakapora railway station in Pulwama after the attack on RPF personnel on Monday.
(Image: News18/Video grab)

Security forces have cordoned off the area outside Kakapora railway station in Pulwama after the attack on RPF personnel on Monday. (Image: News18/Video grab)

Police and paramilitary troops have sealed off the exit and entry points of Kakapora -- where the crime occurred -- and are carrying out searches in neighbouring villages

A militant emerged at a teashop in J&K’s Pulwama where two policemen of Railway Protection Force (RPF) were enjoying tea when he shot at them, killing one and injuring another. The militant ran some distance before riding the pillion of a biker to flee the scene. Police and paramilitary troops have sealed off the exit and entry points of Kakapora — where the crime occurred — and are raiding neighbouring villages in search of the militant.

IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar told News18 that one of the RPF cops was killed, while another was injured in the attack.

Police said at around 6.05 pm, the police received information about a terror attack in Kakapora area of Pulwama where terrorists had indiscriminately fired upon two RPF personnel – ASI Devraj Kumar and Head Constable Surinder Kumar – outside the Railway Station. Both the personnel received critical gunshot injuries and were immediately taken to a hospital where Surinder Kumar succumbed, police said.

Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and initiated an investigation.

Militant outfit PAFF or People’s Anti Fascist Front and United Liberation Front owned responsibility for the attack saying they will continue to “strike at government forces and those who are part of a sinister plan of Hindutva forces”.

There has been a spate of attacks on police, politicians, minority members and non-local labourers in the last fortnight. Though police maintained it has killed many militants responsible for the targeted attacks, the latter continue to carry out strikes.

Going by the CCTV footage, it seemed the militants had plotted to carry out today’s attack. The CCTV footage showed a lone militant firing from om a pistol when the cops had their backs turned on him. He fired indiscriminately at the cops till they collapsed. This was the ninth militant attack this month.

Four Lashkar militants were killed in Shopian four days ago, a day after a Rajput was gunned down in a terror attack in the neighbouring Kulgam area. Last Friday, militants killed a sarpanch, Manzoor Ahmad Bangroo, in Pattan area of Baramulla.

On Saturday, militants fired on an Army team killing a soldier when a joint team of police and Army had laid a siege in the Kokernag area.

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first published:April 18, 2022, 18:37 IST
last updated:April 18, 2022, 22:38 IST
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