Agencies: Deteriorating security situation ahead of parliamentary by-elections in Kashmir Valley, with back-to-back militant attacks on three consecutive days in Srinagar has not only shadowed the already dampened election campaign but rattled the security grid as well.
In last three days one policeman was killed, while 20 government forces were injured, in three attacks in summer capital Srinagar.
On Monday afternoon, militants opened fire at a CRPF vehicle near Panthachowk highway on outskirts of Srinagar in which six CRPF personnel and a 10 year-old-girl was injured. Soon after the militant attack, government forces started search operation in the area and traffic on highway was blocked as well.
“Even though situation is not alarming our effort is to avoid any such incidents. Police and other security forces are trying to control the situation,” J&K police chief S P Vaid, told reporters here in Srinagar.
The Srinagar based CRPF spokesperson Bhavesh Choudhary, told reporters that this is a sensitive time ahead of elections in Valley as Hurriyat leaders have called for boycott of elections. “We are on high alert. CRPF is doing its duty. Our companies were coming Jammu to Srinagar,” said Choudhary.
Earlier on Sunday evening, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was visiting the state, one policeman was killed, while as 11 government forces were injured, when militants threw a grenade at Nowhatta area in downtown area of Srinagar.