Srinagar: The security forces, on Thursday, launched a massive search operation covering several villages of Jammu and Kashmir’s northern Bandipora district after a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan was shot dead and four of his family members injured by militants.
The gunmen on Wednesday night barged into the residence of the BSF jawan Rameez Ahmed Parray in Parray Mohalla of Hajin area of the district and shot him dead.
His father Ghulam Ahmad Parray, brothers Mumtaz Ahmed and Javaid Ahmed and aunt Habba Begum were injured in the shootout, the police said.
Parray had come home on holiday a few days ago, it added.
The police said that the gunmen shot Parray from point-blank range and when his family members started crying the assailants fired their weapons indiscriminately injuring others.
The condition of Parray’s aunt Habba Begum is stated to be critical whereas the other injured are stable.
At dawn, the Army’s 13 Rashtriya Rifles, Jammu and Kashmir police’s counterinsurgency Special Operation Group (SOG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) laid siege to several villages including Shahgund and Gund Boon of Bandipora to conduct searches.
The police said that the assailants are reported to have fled in the direction of these villages after committing the crime. “Most probably, they are hiding in Shahgund,” said a police officer.
This is the third incident of a security personnel being shot dead by militants while on leave at home in Kashmir Valley in past six months.