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SHO injured in Anantnag militant attack dies at AIIMS

Station House Officer, Anantnag, who was wounded in a militant attack in this south Kashmir district on June 12, succumbed at AIIMS, New Delhi, on Sunday.

SHO Sadar police station, Inspector Arshad Khan was
critically injured in a militant attack that also left five CRPF personnel, two
among them ASI rank officers, dead and three others injured.

The attack was carried out by the militants on a CRPF patrol
party near Oxford presentation school on the busy KP Road in Anantnag town on
Wednesday evening.

Khan who was rushed to a military hospital in a serious
condition after he had received bullet injury in the abdomen, was shifted to
SKIMS Soura today after his condition deteriorated.

“He had laceration in the liver and was shifted to ICU after
his condition kept on deteriorating.   In
the afternoon, he was airlifted to AIIMS,” a doctor at SKIMS told Greater
Kashmir.

A police officer said, Khan, succumbed to his injuries just
when he reached the AIIMS New Delhi, at around 4 pm.

He said his body is being flown back for last rites.

Khan who hails from Srinagar’s uptown area had taken over
the charge in Anantnag barely a few weeks back. He was earlier posted as SHO
Bijbehara.

Born to Mushtaq Ahmad Khan and Mehbooba Begum in Balgarden
Srinagar, Khan was appointed as Sub-Inspector in J&K police in 2002 and
served in various important capacities.

He is survived by parents, wife, two sons aged 2 and 5
years.

A source had revealed, as the lone militant attacked the
CRPF party, the reinforcement of army, paramilitary forces and police were
called in.

“As the exchange of fire was on, the police party led by SHO
SaddarAnantnag rushed to the spot, but he (the militant) fired at him (SHO),
injuring him critically. The militant kept on engaging the security forces for
around fifteen minutes before he was gunned down,” a police officer had said.

The Anantnag attack was the first major attack on the
security forces since February 14 Lethpora- Pampore attack in which at least 40
CRPF men had been killed resulting in heightened tensions between India and
Pakistan.

GOVERNOR, DGP EXPRESS GRIEF

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik and Director General of
Police Dilbag Singh have expressed grief over the demise of  the SHO Arshad Khan.

In his message, the Governor paid rich tributes to the
deceased and described his demise a big loss to the police department.

Mentioning that SHO Khan’s bravery saved many lives, the
Governor stated: “We are all grateful to such brave hearts who are sacrificing
their lives for security of the nation”.

Meanwhile, Director General of Police (DGP)  Dilbag Singh on behalf of Jammu and Kashmir
Police Pariwar condoled the demise of Inspector Khan and  expressed his grief over the loss of young
and brave officer. He conveyed his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family
and prayed for the departed soul.

The DGP has said that whole Jammu and Kashmir Police pariwar
is with the bereaved family at this hour and will always be at the beck and
call of the family.

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