Srinagar, Oct 3 : Confusion prevailed over the terror attack at Army-BSF camp in Baramulla last night which was described by senior para-military officials today as a ‘shoot and scoot’ strike by terrorists in which one BSF personnel was killed.
A sentry of 40th battalion of BSF located at Janbazpora in the outskirts of the city located in North Kashmir spotted some suspicious movement near the open kitchen area and started firing apprehending that terrorists may have entered into the camp, sources said.
The firing led to panic in adjacent army camp where troops of 46 Rashtriya Rifles also started firing in the direction in which suspected terrorists were believed to have entered.
Firing continued from all sides and it was not clear whether some terrorists had entered the campus or firing was coming from outside. After 90 minutes of firing, illuminators were used to light up the sky but no terrorist was found, the sources said.
Security officials said the terrorists melted into darkness.
However, it was found that BSF constables Nitin and Pulwinder were injured in the firing and they were rushed to the hospital in Srinagar. Nitin later succumbed to his injuries.
It was not immediately known whether the BSF personnel was killed by the terrorists or had fallen victim to ‘friendly fire’ as all security establishments have been directed to be on a high alert after the Indian army carried out surgical strikes on launch pads across the Line of Control on September 29.
Udhampur-based Northern Command had tweeted a little after midnight only that “Baramulla incident situation contained and under control”.
Surprisingly, Home Ministry spokesman had claimed in the morning that two terrorists had been shot dead but this was corroborated neither by army, BSF or the local police.
According to Chandra, the terrorists melted into the darkness and a search operation is on.PTI NES SKL GSN