Gunmen Storm Houses of Policemen in South Kashmir

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Kulgam—A day after government forces targeted the family members of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant Tawseef Ahmed in Rampura village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district, suspected militants barged into the houses of at least seven cops, including two officers and ransacked their properties while one of the police officers ran for his life in the middle of the night on seeing the militants. The suspected militants also set the house of a government gunman on fire.

Reports said that suspected militant raided the houses of at least seven policemen in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. They not only threatened the family members but also warned them of dire consequences in case they (cops) target the family members of militants in future.

Witnesses told news agency CNS that the house of a Superintendent of Police was ransacked in Khudwani area. This is the fourth attack on the house of the said police officer.

In Nawbal Khudwani, the house of an Inspector was ransacked by unknown gunmen. Locals said that police officer managed to flee from the spot when militants entered into his house.

Reports from Desan village of the district said that militants barged into the house of one Sanaullah Wagay whose three sons are reportedly working in Jammu Kashmir Police Department. The unknown gunmen reportedly warned Wagay of dire consequences in case his sons take part in any anti-militancy operation.

At Marhama Kulgam, unknown gunmen attacked the house of cop. Reports said that gunmen ransacked the house, but didn’t touch any family members of the cop.

The house of a cop was also attacked at Sempora Behibagh in the same district.

Police sources said that a group of six militants led by Hizb district commander Saddam Paddar raided the houses of five policemen and a CRPF constable in Trichal, Naira and Tamlahal villages of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Sources added that the house of a CRPF 182 Battalion constable was raided by militants; however, the constable (name withheld) was not present there. Militants also barged into the houses of 3 SPO’s in Trichal village forcing an SPO to announce his resignation before people at Jamia Masjid of the village.

Reports from Tral town of Pulwama district said that unknown persons pelted stones on the house of a Head Constable at Arigam. The cop is posted at police station Qazigund. Reports said that due to stone-hurling some window panes of the house were damaged. The unknown persons also set a fire cracker in air outside the house.

Director General of Police Dr SP Vaid said that such attacks depict the sheer frustration of the militants. “We have inflicted heavy losses on them. We have destroyed their infrastructure and to show their presence they are resorting to such tactics,” Dr Vaid said. (CNS)

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