Civilian shot dead in cross-firing between CRPF and Terrorists


Shopian : A civilian was reportedly killed on Sunday in cross-firing between the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and terrorists in Babapora, Zainapora area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district.

According to officials, the CRPF party was out for area domination when terrorists fired upon them. The CRPF team retaliated against the attack, and one person was killed during cross-firing.

Senior Superintendent of Police Shopian said, “Around 10:30, unidentified terrorists attacked a Naka party of 178 Bn, CRPF at Babapora, Shopian. CRPF retaliated the fire and during cross firing one unidentified person got killed. Further details are being ascertained.”

Slain civilian has been identified as Shahid Ahmad, son of Ajaz Ahmad. Shahid Ahmad, a milkman, was a resident of Bijbehara.

Meanwhile, one Army jawan and two policemen were injured in a gunfight with terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district on Sunday.

According to an official, Detenue Zia Mustafa, a Pakistani terrorist of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was taken to Bhata Durian for identification of a terrorist hideout during the ongoing joint search operation in which three army jawans and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) were martyred.

“During the search, when the team approached the hideout, terrorists again opened fire on the joint team of police and army personnel in which two policemen and an army jawan sustained injuries. Zia Mustafa also sustained injuries and he could not be extracted from the site due to heavy fire,” the official said.

Also Read : Bipin Rawat warns of further curbs in Kashmir

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has said restrictions imposed following the scrapping of Article 370 may return to the Kashmir Valley at the cost of freedom of movement because of terror strikes.

He also accused Pakistan of carrying out a proxy war to “create fear-mongering” because “a semblance of peace and tranquillity was happening” in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Whenever there is peace and tranquillity in Jammu and Kashmir, our western adversary creates a situation where people of some community are killed and fear is generated,” Gen. Rawat said after participating in the first Ravi Kant Singh Memorial lecture series in Guwahati, organised by the Assam police on Saturday evening.

The series was titled ‘Assam at Crossroads: Geopolitical events in its neighbourhood impacting North East India’.

Referring to the killing of Kashmiri Pundits, Sikhs and migrant workers in the Kashmir Valley, Gen. Rawat said, “We should not allow the exodus to happen from the Valley at all. The adversary will always try to do something to make us fall into a trap.”

He said Home Minister Amit Shah visited Kashmir to give confidence to the people that the security forces and the local administration will bring the situation under control.

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