‘Act Of Cowardice’: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley On Killing Of 6 Policemen In Kashmir
NEW DELHI: A day after six policemen were killed in an ambush and their bodies were disfigured by heavily armed terrorists in Anantnag, Defense Minister Arun Jaitley called it “an act of cowardice.”
Deputy Inspector Feroz Ahmed Dar, four policemen and their driver were killed when their jeep was attacked by a group of 10-15 Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in Achabal in the Anantnag district. According to the information, the terrorists arrived in two vehicles and surrounded the police vehicle.
The terrorists, after the ambush, entered the police vehicle and threw balls at the body to deface.
“We will find the attackers,” said the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police (DGP) SP Vaid today. “It was a revenge attack.”
The attack came just hours after meeting with local Lashkar commander Junaid Mattoo, who was involved in several attacks on security forces in southern Kashmir. Junaid and two other terrorists were trapped in a building Arwani Anantnag Friday and died in a meeting.
After the meeting, two civilians were killed after security forces opened fire on a crowd marching to the dating site. Police said the crowd threw stones and tried to break the security cord.
Following the incident, the conflict broke out between protesters and security forces in nearly a dozen places in the valley, including the city of Srinagar, Tral, Pampore, Pulwama City and Anantnag in southern Kashmir Hajin Bandipora in Baramulla and Sopore in Kashmir north.
Meanwhile, the head of government Mehbooba Mufti said the policemen were killed because democracy was denied in Jammu and Kashmir. “The dialogue with the separatists is the only way forward,” he said.
Authorities imposed restrictions on Srinagar and other sensitive places in the Kashmir valley today as separatists called for a protest stop.