Militants decamp with service rifle of BJP leader’s security officer

SRINAGAR: Suspected militants on Tuesday morning barged inside the guardroom of a Bharatiya Janata Party leader and decamped with service rifle of his Personal Security Officer (PSO) in Panzan area of Chadoora in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Official sources told GNS that some ‘unknown militants’, five to six in number, overpowered a security guard, constable Bashir Ahmad Hanjura (belt no: 283/security) and snatched his AK-56 rifle along with two magazines and some rounds from his possession while he was performing duty near the residence of BJP leader Ghulam Mohammad Chopan at Gori Mohalla. Panzan. in Chadoora.

“The BJP leader was inside his home at the time of incident,” sources said. “The incident occurred at around 9:25 am today morning.”

Chopan had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Assembly elections from Chrar-i-Sharief constituency.

The gunmen, after snatched the rifle, managed to flee from the spot, they said.

“Senior police officers including SP Budgam, SDPO, SHO and some officers from CRPF and army reached the spot to assess the situation”, they said.

An alert has been sounded and all the entry and exit points leading to the village have been sealed and massive searches launched to locate the gunmen decamped with the rifle.

A police officer, while confirming the incident, told GNS that they have registered a case and further investigations have been taken up in this regard. “A hunt has been launched to nab the suspected militants”, he said.

Meanwhile, authorities beefed up the security across Srinagar city and south Kashmir parts following recent attack at Pampore that left eight CRPF men and two militants dead and injuring 22 others.