Srinagar, July 26: Suspected militants took advantage of a stone-throwing incident in Sopore early today to open fire and lob a grenade at a police party, resulting in the death of one policeman.
Police said the incident took place around midnight when people were busy with Shab-e-Qadr, night prayers during Ramazan.
A police officer said a group of miscreants surfaced near the main chowk in Sopore and started throwing stones at the police and CRPF bunkers.
“While the stone-throwers were being tackled, militants among them hurled a grenade and fired upon the police party, resulting in the death of constable Mohammad Syed Khan and injuries to four police personnel,” a police spokesperson said.
The police said the cops displayed exemplary restraint by not retaliating in a bid to avoid collateral damage.
The dead constable is survived by his pregnant wife, five daughters and parents. The injured have been shifted to hospital, where their condition is said to be stable.
Pakistani troopers fired at Indian posts in two ceasefire violations in less than 12 hours on the Line of Control even as Jammu and Kashmir celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Kargil victory.
The army’s Northern Command chief, Lt Gen. D.S. Hooda, paid tributes to the fallen heroes of Kargil by laying a wreath at the war memorial at Drass.