A police constable was killed on Sunday when terrorists fired at him outside the Charar-e-Sharif shrine in the Budgam district of central Kashmir.
Kultar Singh, who was on security duty outside the Sufi shrine, was posted with the 13 Battalion of the JK Armed Police. The terrorists are reported to have snatched the service rifle of the slain constable.
Meanwhile, a joint meeting of the Army, Central Reserve Police Force, J&K Police and various intelligence agencies was held on Sunday at Awantipur in south Kashmir to review intelligence and security operations in the Valley. The meeting was presided by GOC 15 Corps, Lt. Gen. AK Bhatt. Senior officers of Intelligence Bureau and Special Bureau were present.
The meeting was organised amidst the increased shelling by Pakistan Army in civilian areas along the Line of Control (LoC) to enable infiltration of trained terrorists, and after the dramatic escape recently of a Pakistani terrorist from police custody in Srinagar. More than 1,000 residents of villages along the LoC in the Uri sector have migrated to safe places as Pakistan troops have been shelling these places for the past one week. Over 15 houses have been damaged due to the shelling.
The security forces and the district administration of Baramulla are taking care of the displaced people.
The deputy commissioner of Rajouri in Jammu division, Shahid Iqbal, said 169 houses and 12 government buildings have been damaged in the past 10 months due to Pakistani shelling along the LOC in the district.