Youth held for attacking security man inside train, snaching his service rifle

Injured security personnel
Injured security personnel

SRINAGAR: A youth was arrested after he allegedly attacked a Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel with a sharp edged weapon and tried to snatch his service rifle in a halted train at Anantnag Railway Station in South Kashmir on Tuesday.

The incident occurred when the train, on way to Banihal from Baramulla, halted at the station. “Few RPF personnel escorting the train alighted from it while the lone security man inside the train was suddenly attacked with a sharp edged carving knife by a youth. Before stabbing him, the youth sprayed chilli powder in his eyes,” a top railway official said, on condition on anonymity.

“The security man, after receiving serious wounds in his head, collapsed and the assailant was overpowered by other security men near the railway track when he tried to flee away with the service rifle of the injured security man,” he said.

The injured security personnel was immediately rushed to hospital for treatment while the arrested youth, who was identified by police as Tariq Ahmed Bhat son of Bashir Ahmed Bhat resident of Asthan Mohalla Redwani, was shifted to RPF camp for questioning.

A police official said that during questioning the youth revealed that some people offered him Rs 5 lac for killing and snatching the service rifle of any security person.

“The sharp edged knife has been seized from him,” he said and identified the injured security man as Tinku Pachhawa from 3rd Battalion RPF, a resident of Agra Uttar Pradesh.

Written by Neyaz Elahi (CNS) | Edited by Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa