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Civilian, CRPF man killed in J&K terror attack from inside mosque | India News

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SRINAGAR: Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists hiding in a mosque ambushed a CRPF patrol at Model Town in north Kashmir’s Sopore on Wednesday, killing a head constable and a civilian who was passing by in a car with his three-year-old grandson. Pictures of the little boy crying over his grandfather’s blood-splattered body in the middle of the street magnified outrage over the indiscriminate firing, the second in less than a week of the grenade attack by terrorists in Anantnag in which a four-year-old boy was killed along with a CRPF trooper.
Kashmir IGP Vijay Kumar contested allegations levelled by the family of slain Bashir Ahmad Khan, a 65-year-old construction sector employee from Srinagar’s Mustafabad locality, that he was killed in firing by CRPF personnel. The victim’s wife is a retired sub-inspector of J&K Police.
“Two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists, one of them a Pakistani identified as Usman Bhai and the other a local youth named Adil, fired 30 bullets from inside the mosque before fleeing. One CRPF constable was killed along with the civilian while three personnel were injured. The CRPF team didn’t retaliate because there were people all around. The slain civilian’s grandson didn’t come to harm as police were quick to rescue him,” Kumar said.
Security forces found an empty magazine and an unused one inside the mosque.
The CRPF constable killed in the attack has been identified as Dipchand Verma. The injured troopers are Bhoya Rajesh, Deepak Patil and Nilesh Chawde. The injured CRPF personnel have been evacuated to the 92 Base hospital.
IGP Kumar said terror attacks on security forces in crowded areas could be a deliberate strategy adopted by armed outfits to “trigger disturbances” at the cost of even civilian casualties. “We have observed that terrorists are now carrying out attacks on security forces wherever civilian movement is high.”
Deceased Bashir had left Srinagar around 6am with his grandson Ayaad to fetch the family’s domestic help from her hometown Handwara, 72km away, when they were caught in the terror attack at Model Town in Baramulla district. This happened around 9am, sources said.
Sopore SSP Javaid Iqbal said Bashir was struck by bullets while trying to shield his grandson from the gunfire. “Many vehicles got stuck because of the sudden attack. Everyone got off their cars and ran for cover. Unfortunately, the victim was killed while trying to save himself and the kid.”
In one of the pictures that have gone viral, Ayaad is seen perched on his grandfather’s chest, seemingly trying to wake up the dead man. Another picture shows a CRPF trooper pointing his gun towards where the terrorists seem to be hiding and gesturing at the boy to come towards him. “This picture was possibly clicked by someone when the shooting was still on,” an official said.
A later video shows the three-year-old in a police vehicle and saying in broken Kashmiri, “Be gache gare (I want to go home).”

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