Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir Police today said that the Nowgam attack in Srinagar, in which two cops were killed, was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists who will be traced and terminated by the forces soon while asserting that more security measures will be taken to ensure peaceful conduct of Independence Day across Kashmir tomorrow.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony of slain policemen— Fayaz Ahmed and Ishfaq Ayoub, J&K DGP Dilbag Singh said that initial investigations have revealed that Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit carried out the attack.
“We are busy identifying the attackers and will act against them soon,” DGP Singh said after the wreath-laying ceremony of two J&K police cops who were killed in the brazen attack by militants in Nowgam area of Srinagar this morning.
DGP Singh said that police was busy with the extended deployment in Srinagar and city outskirts in view of the Independence Day for the past few days. “Unfortunately, militants found a chance to attack a joint party of SSB and police at Nowgam in which two policemen were killed and another one injured, who is being treated at the hospital,” he said.
The DGP said that militants always try to target police and forces and at times they succeed. “Such attacks are carried when situation heads towards improvement in the Valley. Pakistan can’t tolerate peace prevailing in the Valley and keeps trying to carry out acts like the one today, to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere,” he said. “Our efforts to strengthen the peace will continue.”
The J&K Police chief said that anti-militancy operations will be intensified in the days ahead. While paying tributes to the slain cops, he said they were deployed to ensure smooth conduct of tomorrow’s function. “At times, we have to bear such incidents,” Singh said.
Asked whether more security arrangements will be done in Srinagar as today’s attack came just a day ahead of the I-Day, Singh said security across Kashmir and Srinagar will be further strengthened. On whether police was using the latest gadgets to ensure better security cover, he said: “We will use drones and CCTV fitted vehicles besides physical deployment of our men.”