Militants attacked a police patrol near a bus stand at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir killing a policeman and injuring two other cops in the firing on Saturday evening, according to media reports.
Reinforcements have been sent to secure the area, according to CNN-News18. The area has been cordoned off and a manhunt has been launched to nab the attackers.
The policemen were on routine duties at the Anantnag bus stand when they were attacked.
"Constable Imtiyaz Ahmad was killed and two other policemen have been injured," a police official told IANS, adding that the injured policemen have been shifted to hospital and the area surrounded for searches.
The attack came as Rajnath Singh is on a four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. Singh met the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday in Srinagar.
The incident took place about 500 yards from the venue of Union home minister Rajnath Singh's meet scheduled for Sunday, reported ANI. The minister is scheduled to address policemen in the Anantnag Police Lines and Central Reserve Police Force troopers in Khanabal area of the district on Sunday.
Singh is visiting the state to talk to officials of state and review the security situation in the Valley. He will also travel to Anantnag, Jammu and Rajouri and meet civil society members, leaders of political and social outfits, business leaders and others, a move seen as a follow-up to the prime minister's Independence Day speech in which he had reached out to the people of the strife-hit Valley.
The home minister had earlier said that a solution to the Kashmir conflict regarding Article 35A, apart from terrorism, Naxalism and insurgency in the northeastern region, will be found before 2022, reported The Indian Express.
The attack comes just hours after a Hizbul Mujahideen militant was killed on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Sopore township of north Kashmir's Baramulla district.
With inputs from IANS and PTI
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Updated Date: Sep 09, 2017 19:03:17 IST