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Two PSOs, ultra killed; 2 injured

Two PSOs, ultra killed; 2 injured

Author: Excelsior Special Correspondent
Publication: Daily Excelsior
Date: December 19, 2003
URL: http://www.dailyexcelsior.com/web1/03dec19/news.htm#2

DIG Rajouri survives fidayeen attacks

Two Personal Security Officers (PSOs) of DIG Rajouri- Poonch range S M Sahai were killed and two others were injured when a fidayeen made an abortive attempt to intrude into the office of Mr Sahai and kill him and other police personnel this morning. The fidayeen was eliminated within 40 minutes of the attack.

Official reports and eye witness account revealed that a fidayeen, wearing an Army uniform, first went to the Public Works Department (PWD) at 10.45 am and inquired about the DIG office, which was adjacent to the PWD building. As he came near gate of the DIG office, two PSOs of Mr Sahai intercepted him but the fidayeen opened indiscriminate firing killing one of them on spot and injuring another. Injured jawan also succumbed to his injuries later in the district hospital.

Other police personnel in the DIG office immediately took positions and retaliated. The DIG Rajouri, the SSP Rajouri and other police officers also came to the scene to supervise the operation.

The fidayeen, who had taken position in a corner, continued firing for next 30 minutes injuring two more cops before he was eliminated by the police personnel.

One AK-47 rifle, four magazines, 60 rounds, three hand grenades, Rs 250 in Indian currency and three slips of Al-Mansoorian outfit, an offshoot of Lashkar- e-Toiba (LeT) outfit.

Reports said Grewal Singh, PSO of the DIG and a resident of Mishriwalla, Jammu was killed on spot while Showkat Ali of Faisalabad, Surankote succumbed to the injuries in the district hospital here. Two other constables, who were injured in the attack, have been identified as Abdul Majeed and Munawar Hussain, both residents of Darhal. They have been hospitalised and were responding to the treatment.

Identity of the slain fidayeen hasn't been established but he was believed to be a Pakistani.

Reports said the militant after identifying the office of DIG Rajouri had straightway fired upon window panes of the office, clearly indicating that he had been assigned the task of killing Mr Sahai. The militants wanted to target the DIG as he was instrumental in several successful operations against the militants in the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in a very short span of time.

Meanwhile, BJP leader-Vibodh Gupta, state secretary and Yogesh Sharma have condemned the attack on the life of Mr Sahai and expressed satisfaction that he survived the attack. They demanded that some civil persons putting up in the Government Colony should be screened.

It may be recalled that last year also, a fidayeen attack had taken place in the Government Colony in which Captain Reddy of the Army was killed.

Our Jammu correspondent adds: A militant Mohd Rafiq was gunned down by the security forces in an encounter in Gool area of Udhampur district this morning.

Meanwhile, out of three civilians in captivity of the militants at Gagarsulla in Gool area of Udhampur, police today recovered dead body of one of them while two others reached their houses safely.

The civilian, who was killed, in the captivity has been identified as Mohd Rafi son of Abdul Rahim Chandyal R/o Gagarsulla. Mohd Yasin and Zahoor Ahmed were, however, released by the militants.

Meanwhile, security forces today recovered one M6 telescopic sniper rifle, 20 AK rounds, one AK rifle grenade, two hand grenades and one binocular from Kuranay Wali village in Surankote area of Poonch.

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