Srinagar: A red alert has been sounded in Jammu city after the Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Maulana Syed Athar Dehlavi, a Delhi-based Muslim cleric and the chairman of Anjuman Minhaje Rasool, was attacked with chilli powder.
The officer’s assault rifled was snatched, in the first such case in the last two decades.
Police said three youths attacked Mohammed Hanief, a selection grade constable of the security wing, near Mandir Masjid Point in Jammu’s Dogra Chowk.
All three suspects are from Kashmir’s Shopian district, they said.
The youths threw red chilli powder in Hanief’s eyes when he was on his way to his residence, after dropping the cleric at the state guest house on Canal Road. They also hit him.
The officer was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital. He had to receive 8 to 19 stitches on his head.
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One of the suspects, Masood Ahmed Malik of Shopian, is being interrogated, police said.
Police also said all Nakkas have been alerted and asked to check all outgoing vehicles, keeping in mind the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on April 2.
The PM will visit Jammu for the inauguration of the Chennani-Nashri tunnel.