New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paid tributes to the commanding officer of CRPF Pramod Kumar, who lost his life in Nowhatta encounter on Monday.
The Chief Minister laid a wreath on the coffin of Pramod Kumar who died of injuries at a hospital. While expressing solidarity with the family of the slain officer, Mehbooba prayed for peace to the departed soul.
Nine other security personnel were also injured in the gun fight.
“We have lost a brave officer, who kept fighting back even after getting injured,” Atul Karwal, CRPF IG said.
Pramod Kumar, commandant of the 49 Battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was killed after four militants hurled a grenade and opened fire at a security patrol in an old city area.
Police said the attackers entered a house in Nowhatta – close to the historic Jamia Masjid, the main mosque in Srinagar.
“Two of the militants were gunned down and the other two are still firing from the house,” a police officer told IANS.
Much of Srinagar has been under curfew continuously almost for five weeks since the killing of a militant commander on July 8 sparked widespread protests, leaving 56 people dead and thousands injured.
Restrictions were tighter on Monday as separatists had called for pro-freedom protests to mark the Independence Day.