Govt Asks Policemen Not To Visit Families

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Srinagar: Director General of Police S P Vaid on Sunday advised all policemen not to visit their homes for few months in wake of the recent attacks on their families in recent past.

“There have been few recent incidents in Valley where (militants), anti-national and anti-social elements have tried to cause damage to life and property of police personnel particularly from south Kashmir. In view of the unfortunate incidents, police personnel particularly from south Kashmir are advised to exercise extreme caution while visiting their homes for next few months as their personal security is of paramount importance,” the DGP has said in a message sent to all police officers including the ADsGP and IGPs.

“All the unit heads are directed to brief their officers and men regarding the impeding threat and ensure that the life and property of police personnel is well secured,” said in the commutation described as “most urgent matter.”

The advise comes a day after masked militants barged in residential houses of Ct Mehrajdin Shah son of Asadullah Shah and constable Abdul Rashid of Hajipora Shopian, allegedly thrashed the former and broke the window panes. They also directed Mehraj to announce from local Masjid loudspeaker that all policemen should resign immediately or face consequences. Another constable was targeted at Chodgam in Shopian when militants forced him to announce resignation publicly through mosque loudspeaker.

Earlier, the DGP on March 8 issued an indirect warning to militants that their families could be harmed too if they try to target those of policemen in the state.

“My take is; we should not bring the families into this conflict whether those of terrorists or policemen. Families have nothing to do with this. We must keep them away from this,” J&K’s Director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid had told media outlets.

The threat was issued after militants warned a police officer’s family to ask their ward to “quit or face the consequences”.

Some militants had on March 4 night barged into the residence of a police officer in southern Shopian district, reportedly damaged electronic appliances and broke windowpanes and warned his family that he should “quit his job or face the consequences.”

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