Five personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a terrorist were killed and a Station House Officer (SHO) and a woman injured when two motorcycle-borne terrorists opened fire at a CRPF patrol party on the Khanabal-Pahalgham Road in Anantnag district in southern Kashmir on Wednesday evening (June 12).
The martyred personnel were paid homage at a funeral on Thursday (June 13) and laid to rest.
The attack took place when terrorists, believed to be from the Jaish-e-Mohammed group sprayed bullets at a CRPF patrol party of the 116 battalion stationed in a vehicle on the Khanabal-Pahalgham road.
The CRPF men who lost their lives were identified as ASIs Neeru Sharma and Ramesh Kumar, constables Santender, MK Kushwa and Mahesh Kumar. The SHO of Anantnag police station who rushed to the spot was also injured.
Condemning the attack, the Congress on Thursday urged the Modi government and intelligence agencies to take suitable action to prevent terror attacks in the future.
“Disturbing to learn that 5 brave CRPF Jawans have been martyred; 4 Jawans injured in a terror attack in Anantnag. My salutations to the valour of our Jawans. Government and intelligence agencies must take suitable action so that attacks be curtailed in future,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted.
A joint team of the bravo company of CRPF’s 116th battalion and state police were deployed for a picket duty in the area when the attack took place.
The patrolling party of the CRPF fought the terrorists and lost its five personnel while the injured were evacuated to 92 Base hospital.
(With agency inputs)