Retired Police Officer Shot Dead in Kulgam

SRINAGAR: A retired police officer was shot dead by suspected militants in Kulgam district of south Kashmir Tuesday night.

Bashir Ahmad Dar, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police was critically wounded after being fired from close range by motorcycle borne assailants  in Ashmujee village of the district late Tuesday night. He was coming out of the local Masjid after offering late night (Taraweeh) prayers  when the attackers fired random shots at him.

The ex-DySP had sustained multiple injuries in the surprise attack and was instantly removed to the Srinagar’s SMHS hospital for treatment.

“The retired police officer succumbed to injuries at the hospital, hours after he was taken there. He had received shots in abdomen, leg and shoulder,” a senior police officer said.

The deceased, the police officer said has served in different positions in the Crime Branch, CID, Vigliance and the DSP headquarters during his tenure.

The officer said soon after the attack, the militants, while taking advantage of the darkness fled from the spot. 

The attack on the retired police officer came hours after a panch, Mohammad Yaqoob Malla, was shot at and injured by gunmen in the neighboring Shopian district. 

Dar was Probe Officer in Neelofar Aasiya Rape & Murder Case

Srinagar:  The retired DySP Bashir Ahmed Dar who was shot dead by gunmen outside his Ashmoji residence in Kulgam on Tuesday night had been an investigating officer in Asiya-Nelofar twin rape and murder case. 

In 2009, Dar was DySP Vigilance, when Shopian witnessed violent protests against Asiya-Nelofar twin rape and murder case. “Dar was appointed Special Investigating Officer to probe the matter. He was later transferred to Crime Branch from where he was posted at Counter Intelligence Kashmir (CIK).”

Dar was posted as SDPO Kulgam for two years and according to residents, his house was attacked and ransacked by agitated protesters during 2010 summer agitation when he allegedly booked scores of youth in charges of stone-pelting.

Dar, according to her adopted daughter, Nahida Akhtar joined police force as Assistant Sub-Inspector was people friendly and never did wrong to anybody,” Nahida said.

“Militants shot at him when he was on way to Masjid. My father had sent his PSO to fetch tea for the worshippers in Masjid. The attackers shook hands with my father and didn’t give him chance to use his weapon which he was always carrying along with him,” Nahida said.

Meanwhile, legislator Kulgam Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami while condemning the killing of Bashir Ahmed Dar termed it as an inhuman act on part of assailants during the sacred night of the Ramadhan. (CNS)

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