3 Cops Abducted, Killed In South Kashmir

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47 SPOs, Policemen Announce Resignation, Home Ministry Rejects    

SRINAGAR — Three policemen were abducted and killed while a relative of one of the slain cops was set free after abduction in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on early Friday.

A police officer said militants abducted three cops from Batgund and Kapren Shopian early on Friday and “later killed them brutally in an inhuman act.”

The slain cops were identified as Nisar Ahmad Dhobi son of Abdul Rashid resident of Kapren, Shopian, Firdous Kuchay son of Abdul Gani and Kulwant Singh son of Dhoop Singh, both residents of Batagund, Shopian.

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“Bodies of all the three cops were retrieved by police.”  Later a wreath-laying ceremony was held at DPL Shopian.

Floral tributes were paid to the policemen by civil and police officers led by IGP Kashmir and paid rich tributes to the slain cops.

Among others, DIG SKR, SSP Shopian, SSP Awantipora, SSP Kulgam, SSP Pulwama and other officers and personnel were present, police said.

“Preliminary investigation reveals the complicity of proscribed outfits HM & LeT in this barbaric act. Further investigation is going on to identify the culprits in the crime,” the spokesperson said.

Along with Dhobi, militants also abducted his relative, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, who was later set free by the gunmen, official sources said.

Following the killing, official sources said 45 SPOs and two constables announced resignation on social media.    

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry said no policeman has resigned in the wake of the killing of three police personnel.

“Reports have appeared in a section of media that some special police officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir have resigned, but the state police force has confirmed that these reports are “untrue and motivated”, the ministry said in a statement.

“These reports are based on false propaganda by mischievous elements,” it added. 

Shopian killings: Governor, PDP, NC condemn

Governor NN Vohra, National Conference and PDP on Friday strongly condemned killing of three policemen in Shopian district of south Kashmir.

“I severely condemn it. It’s barbaric and inhuman. Pakistan is habitual of doing it. We will punish them properly,” Governor Satyapal Malik said.

NC President Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah described it as a cowardly attack and expressed their solidarity with the families of slain SPOs Firdous Ahmad Kuchay, Kulwant Singh and Nisar Ahmad. Both leaders prayed for peace to the departed souls.

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said the abduction and killing of three policemen in Shopian district is proof that the Centre’s muscular policy is not working in the state and dialogue seems a “distant dream for now”.

The bodies of three policemen were found in an orchard in Shopian, hours after they were abducted from their homes in the early hours of the morning.

Clearly, with the rise in kidnapping of police personnel and their families, Centre’s muscular policy is not working at all. Dialogue, the only way forward, seems to be a distant dream for now, Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

“Three more policemen have lost their lives to militant bullets. Outrage, shock & (and) condemnation will be expressed by all of us on expected lines. Unfortunately, it brings no solace to the families of the victims, the PDP president added.

  

 


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