SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday issued following statement regarding Sopore attack saying that today at about 1310hrs Sopore Police received information about a terror crime incident near SDH Sopore where militants had attacked Municipal Councillors. Senior Police & CAPF officers along with their teams immediately reached at the terror crime spot.
A police spokesman said that preliminary investigation revealed that terrorists had fired indiscriminately upon the Municipal Councillors near Lone Building opposite SDH Sopore resulting in injuries to two Municipal Councillors namely Reyaz Ahmad Pir and Shams-ud-din Pir and a police personnel namely Shafqat Nazir. However, among the injured Councillor Reyaz Ahmad and police personnel Shafqat Ahmad succumbed to their injuries.
The spokesman said that meanwhile, another injured councillor has been shifted to hospital for treatment of his injuries.
“It is pertinent to mention that post attack, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar-IPS visited PD Sopore and inspected the scene of crime. Thereafter, he chaired a security review meeting with Commander 5-Sector RR, DIG CRPF and SSP Sopore,” said the spokesman.
“The main focus of meeting was today’s attack by the militants in Sopore Town and the necessary security measures to be taken to counter such militant attacks. While interacting with the officers, the IGP Kashmir urged upon the participating officers that it is of crucial importance to enhance security of vulnerable persons and to take all necessary measures to thwart away the nefarious designs of militants,” he said.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that a local militant Mudasir Pandit of proscribed outfit LeT along with a foreign militants are involved in the said attack. However, further investigations are rigorously going on. IGP Kashmir also took serious note of the poor and inappropriate retaliation by the PSOs of protected persons present on spot and directed SSP Sopore to put four PSOs under suspension,” he added.
“Later on, in order to pay honour and respect to these slain, a wreath lying ceremony was held at DPL Sopore where floral tributes were paid to the slain. Senior officers of Police/SF laid floral wreath on the mortal remains and paid rich tributes to the slain,” said the spokesman.
“Police has registered a case in this regard under relevant sections of law and officers continue to work to establish the full circumstances of this terror crime. Cordon and search operation at various locations is going on to nab the assailants,” said police spokesman in a statement.