SRINAGAR After three policemen were abducted from their homes and later shot dead in Shopian district on Friday, at least six special police officers (SPOs) have announced their resignations on social media, officials said.
“My name is Irshad Ahmad Baba and I was working as a constable in the police. I have tendered my resignation…,” said one of them in a video being widely circulated on social media here.
Tajalla Hussain Lone, an SPO, said he had resigned from the police department on September 17 and was issuing the video to put to rest any doubts about it.
A senior police officer said they are yet to authenticate the claims being made in the video messages. At least six such messages have emerged and are being circulated widely.
Earlier, as per reports nearly two dozen militants stormed homes of the policemen at Batagund and Kapran villages in South Kashmir and took them away.
The militants crossed a river in the area and shot them dead, the officials added.
The bodies of the slain policemen identified as constable Nissar Ahmed and special police officers Firdous Ahmed and Kulwant Singh were found in an orchard across the river, they said.
The police believed that the Hizbul Mujahideen is responsible for the latest killings, which have sent a shockwave through the 1.2 lakh strong Jammu and Kashmir police force.
The abduction of the policemen from their homes and the killing is the first in the three decades of militancy in the state. Earlier, policemen have been targeted on the road or during their duties.
Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo has several times warned local policemen, especially SPOs, to resign from the force, saying that the government was using them against militants.
Hizb had released a video where it warns all Kashmiri residents working as SPOs to tender their resignations by September 19.
Last month, militants abducted 11 policemen and their family members following detention of their family members by the police. All those abducted were released by militants but only after police set free their family members.
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