A sub-inspector of the CRPF was killed while three others were injured when militants attacked their vehicle at Pantha chowk, in the outskirts of the city, the police said. According to sources, Lashkar-e-Taiba took the responsibility of the attack.
Two terrorists have been holed up at Delhi Public School building in Srinagar's Pantha Chowk, CRPF said.
"Appropriate response will be given. There is no security lapse," ADG CRPF on firing on CRPF vehicle near Srinagar's Pantha Chowk.
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The deceased sub-inspector has been identified as sub inspector Sahib Shukla and the injured as constable-driver Nissar Ahmed, officials said. The CRPF personnel, part of road opening deployment, were sitting inside their vehicle at Pantha chowk bypass along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway when, around 1750 hours, militants carried out the attack.
"Firing was on our vehicle. One SI lost his life and 2 of our personnel are injured. We have cordoned the area," IG CRPF Ravideep Sahi said.
In the melee, a constable of Jammu and Kashmir was injured in the foot when his rifle went off accidentally, officials said. The CRPF personnel retaliated but there was no immediate report of any casualty on the militant side. Reinforcements were rushed to the area and a search operation was launched to track down the militants, they added.
"Restrictions under Section 144 imposed from Ram Munshi Bagh to Sempora (around Pantha Chowk attack site) with immediate effect," Srinagar Deputy Commissioner said.
With inputs from agencies.