Lawyer, CRPF officer gunned down in J&Okay

Srinagar, September 24

A top lawyer and a CRPF officer were shot dead in two attacks in Kashmir today.

Advocate Babar Qadri was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar in the evening, officials said.

Qadri, who used to appear in debates on Kashmir on some TV channels, was fired upon by suspected militants from a point-blank range in the Halwal area.

“He was taken to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead,” an official said. Soon after the incident, a hunt was launched to trace the attackers. Earlier this morning, a CRPF officer was killed in a militant attack in Budgam district, the police said. This was the second militant attack in Budgam in less than 24 hours. On Wednesday evening, a Block Development Council chairman, Bhupinder Singh, was shot dead by militants here.

The militants attacked a CRPF deployment at Badipora, Chadoora, leaving CRPF ASI Badole Naresh Umrao, 49, hailing from Maharastra, critically wounded. He later succumbed to injuries. — TNS

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