Pardeep Singh Dardi
Three BSF personnel were killed and four others critically injured when militants ambushed their convoy near Bijbehara on Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Friday.
“It’s an unfortunate incident. The BSF convoy was attacked on the national highway by militants who fired at it from the bylanes near Bijbehara,” Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra said. In New Delhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed BSF chief KK Sharma to rush to Jammu and Kashmir to assess the situation after the ambush on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
Soon after the attack, the Home Minister spoke to the Director General of the Border Security Force and instructed him to rush to the spot to review the situation. Singh has also expressed deep anguish over the death of the BSF personnel in the ambush and prayed for recovery of the injured, an official said.
Officials said three BSF personnel identified as Head Constable Girish Kumar Shukla, Constable Mahinder Ram and Havaldar Dinesh were killed while four others were injured in the incident which took place at 4.30 pm near a government hospital, 52 km from here. BSF convoy comprising 23 vehicles was coming from Jammu to Srinagar ferrying jawans who were returning to join their duties after their leave.
Additional forces have been rushed to the area which has been cordoned off by CRPF and Rashtriya Rifles. Former chief minister Omar Abdullah condemned the incident and said it was an indication of worsening law and order situation in the state. Militant group Hizbul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack comes 10 days after the Hizbul Mujahideen had killed three policemen in two separate incidents in Srinagar city.
They had threatened to carry out similar attacks. BSF convoys have often been the target of terrorist groups. Last year in August, a BSF convoy was attacked by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists at Udhampur in which two of its personnel and a terrorist were killed. Another terrorist Mohammed Naveed was captured alive after the terror strike.