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Police say smartphone ban prevented loot of weapons in Kulgam

The police feels its decision to ban the use of smartphones by its men was vindicated on Friday when a policeman on guard duty at a power grid station in Kulgam fend off an attack by militants. The police said the attack was meant to “loot the weapons” from the grid station.

A senior police official said that two armed militants approached the police guard at the Wanpoh power grid station falling with an intention to loot weapons “However, the alert sentry fired some shots forcing the militants to flee,” he said.

Three major incidents of rifle snatching by militants took place in Srinagar alone during the past 15 days. Four rifles were snatched from a guard post in Hyderpora, a rifle from a guard at the University of Kashmir gate and three rifles from a guard room in a hotel in the Dalgate area.

On Wednesday a special police officer guarding the house of a political activist associated with BJP in northern Kashmir decamped with a service rifle too.

The frequent rifle snatching incidents forced the police to ban the use of smart phones by its sentries.

An order issued by Additional Director General of Police Armed JK, AK Choudhary said that that cops remained engaged with smart phones most of the time thereby compromising their duty.

“It has been observed that recent weapon snatching incidents have occurred due to the reason that sentries on duty remain engaged with their smart phones for most of the time thereby compromising with their legitimate duty. This tendency has considerably increased and resulted in weapon snatching/killing of police cops in the state, particularly in the valley,” an order issued by Additional Director General of Police Armed JK, AK Choudhary read.

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