Srinagar: Police on Wednesday said that two employees of the forest department were injured in a militant attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

In a handout to GNS, the police said that in Pulwama received information about a militant crime incident at Bangender Bridge in which two forest department employees got injured. Senior police officers along with additional reinforcement reached at the terror crime spot to ascertain the facts.

According to police spokesman, police Station Rajpora received an information through reliable source that militants had fired upon a team of forest department of district Budgam causing injuries to 02 employees, who had laid a checkpoint to apprehend the timber smugglers near Bangender Bridge falling under the jurisdiction of PS Rajpora in district Pulwama.

However, the injured were immediately evacuated to hospital for the treatment. Both the injured have been identified as:Imran Yousaf Wani son of Mohd Yousaf Wani resident of Mohnu, Chararisherif (bullet injury in thigh)and shifted to SHMS Hospital for specialised treatment and Jahangir Ahmed Chechi (Forester) son of Gh Mohiudin Chechi resident of Gogjipather, Chadoora.(minor superficial injuries and discharged after first aid, he said.

Regarding the incident, a case vide FIR No. 79/2023 under sections 16,20 UAP ( Act) , 307 IPC and 7/ 27 IA Act got registered in PS Rajpora and investigation has been initiated, he said.

Soon after the incident the whole area was cordoned off by Police, Army and CAPFs and an intensive search operation was launched, he said.

During the search of the of the scene of crime, two empty fired cartridges of Ak-47 ammunition and one bullet head was recovered from the spot. However, the search operation is going on, reads the statement.(GNS)