Srinagar: A group of suspected militants reportedly attacked a guard post of a hotel near Dal lake here on late Thursday and decamped with three rifles, two days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu Kashmir.
Three INSAS rifles of the policemen guarding Hotel Hillskart at Buchwara in Dalgate area were snatched by the the attackers, reports said.
A group of 6-7 motorcycle-borne youths appeared at the hotel gate and overpowered the cops before decamping with their rifles, reports quoted police sources as saying. The two policemen attached with the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police were immediately taken into custody and a hunt was on for the third cop, reports said.
However, another report said the “militants might have decamped with the rifles when the police personnel had gone for Maghrib prayers.”
“We are investigating as to how these weapons went missing,” Kashmir’s Inspector General of Police, SP Pani, told the GNS news agency. The police sealed Dalgate area and launched a search operation.
The gun snatching is second incident of its kind in Srinagar in the last 24 hours. On Wednesday, suspected militants snatched a rifle from a cop outside the gate of Kashmir University near Hazratbal shrine.
More than 150 rifles have been snatched by suspected or would-be militants in last three years in Kashmir Valley. A report in January said that 251 weapons, including 35 AK rifles, 44 insaas rifles, 43 SLRs, five 303 rifles, 12 pistols, two UMGs, one LMG, one each AR-41 rifle, PIKA gun and gas gun and 102 tear shell grenades were snatched during the last three years.