Srinagar, May 28
A soldier and a civilian were killed when militants attacked an Army camp in the wee hours on Monday in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where life came to a grinding halt due to restrictions imposed by authorities and strike.
Defence Ministry spokesman said Colonel Rajesh Kalia said militants attacked Army camp at Kakapora in Pulwama. “A soldier was martyred,” he said, adding troops also retaliated.
Official sources said that a cab driver — Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Pulwama — was killed in alleged security force retaliation.
Security forces immediately sealed the area and launched search operation, they said adding but the militants had managed to escape under the cover of darkness. This was the first security force causality after Army announced not to carry out any operation against militants during the holy month of Ramazan.
Meanwhile, authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions in sensitive areas, including in main Pulwama town, to prevent protests against the civilian killing.
Even though there was no strike call given by any separatist organization, shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in restrictions free areas in Pulwama against the civilian killing.
Mobile internet service has also been suspended as a precautionary measure to prevent spreading of rumours and maintain law and order.
Train services also remained suspended for security reasons for the fourth day on Monday in south Kashmir following damage caused to track by the demonstrators, who were protesting against the arrest of some youths during nocturnal raids in Anantnag district on Friday.
However, all trains are running as per schedule on Srinagar-Badgam to Baramulla route in north Kashmir normally, a senior railway official said.