Army look­ing into re­ports of snipers en­ter­ing Kash­mir

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

NEW DELHI: Army Chief Gen­eral Bipin Rawat said that the Army was look­ing into re­ports that snipers had en­tered the Kash­mir Val­ley to cause vi­o­lence against se­cu­rity forces.

Talk­ing to re­porters on the side­lines of an event here, Gen­eral Rawat said it would be pre­ma­ture to say that snipers had in­il­trated be­cause se­cu­rity forces were yet to re­cover any weapon or am­mu­ni­tion that in­di­cated their pres­ence.

A CISF oficial was killed on the out­skirts of Sri­na­gar early on Satur­day morn­ing, the third death in a sus­pected sniper at­tack by mil­i­tants over the past week.

Gen­eral Rawat said that the Army was study­ing whether the at­tacks were car­ried out “by snipers or not.”

A me­dia re­port had said that Kash­mir’s In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice SP Pani, in a let­ter to se­nior po­lice ofi­cials, had ex­pressed con­cern over mil­i­tants re­sort­ing to sniper at­tacks to tar­get the forces and sug­gested mea­sures such as rais­ing the height of walls around camps.

Ana­tion­al­in­ves­ti­ga­tion­a­gency(nia) team on Tues­day raided the res­i­dence of a busi­ness­man here.

An­niao­fi­cialin­newdel­hiconirmed that the raid was be­ing con­ducted at Fayaz Ah­mad Mir’s res­i­dence in the city’s Lal Bazar area.

Theteamwasac­com­pa­nied­by­jammu and Kash­mir Po­lice per­son­nel. No other de­tails of the raid were im­me­di­ately avail­able. The agency has been car­ry­ing out raids at the ofices and res­i­dences of sep­a­ratists and busi­ness­men in con­nec­tion with the hawala scam that the NIA has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Two months ago, the NIA raid the res­i­dence of an­other busi­ness­man in Sri­na­gar’s Nowhatta area.

Three mil­i­tants were ar­rested on Mon­day after a brief shootout with se­cu­rity forces on the out­skirts of Sri­na­gar city, po­lice said.

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