Teargas shell kills policeman in Pampore

SRINAGAR: In apparently the first incident of its kind, a policeman was killed after his teargas rifle went off accidentally in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday.

A police officer said that a police constable, who was deployed in Pampore town today, sustained serious head injuries after being hit by the tear smoke shell. “The incident occurred when the tear smoke rifle of the cop went off accidentally,” the officer said.

He was immediately shifted to Sub-District hospital Pampore where doctors declared him brought dead on arrival, the officer said.

The injured policeman was identified as Mehraj-ud-Din, a resident of Tral.

Pertinently, on Saturday evening, eight paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force personnel, including two Sub-Inspectors, were killed and at least twenty others were injuries after militants attacked their bus near Pampore on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. Two attackers were also killed later in retaliatory firing.

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in the town today to mourn the death of two militants in the highway shooting.