J&K cops targeted again, three abducted and killed


September 22, 2018

Three Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel — a constable, a ‘follower’ and a special police officer — were abducted from their homes and shot by militants in Shopian district of South Kashmir on Friday morning. The killings, which came days after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riaz Naikoo warned SPOs to resign or “face death”, triggered some public announcements of purported resignations from the police force on social media.

The Union Home Ministry, however, denied the resignations, and alleged “false propaganda” by “mischievous” elements. The three police personnel who were killed have been identified as Nisar Ahmad Dhobi (38), Firdous Ahmad Kuchey (28) and Kulwant Singh (35).


Dhobi was posted as a constable with the J&K Police armed wing in Srinagar; Kuchey was posted at Kakapora railway station in Pulwama as a follower (Class 4 employee in J&K Police, generally a tradesman who is not trained in handling arms); Singh was a special police officer posted in Kulgam district. All the three men had returned to their homes in Shopian district on Thursday evening.

On Friday morning, the trio, along with the brother of a policeman who was later released, were picked up by a group of militants from their homes in Batgund and Kapren villages in Shopian. About half-an-hour later, their bodies, riddled with bullets, were found in an orchard in nearby Lamni Wangam village.

People carry the body of Nisar ahmad who were killed by militants. Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi 21-09-2018
Eyewitnesses in Batgund village, where Singh and Kuchey lived, told The Indian Express that when the policemen’s families raised an alarm at about 6.30 am, several neighbours rushed out of their homes and tried to rescue them.
“There were over six militants. They said they would release the men after questioning. Some of the neighbours even walked with them, trying to persuade the militants to spare the policemen, but they didn’t listen,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, a relative of Kuchey. Half-an-hour later, the villagers said, they heard gunshots.

“The villagers in Wangam spotted the three bodies in an orchard,” said a villager from Kapren, from where Dhobi was abducted.

Villagers said the militants barged into the houses of two other policemen in Batgund village. “In one case, the policeman was not home. In the other house, the militants left after issuing a warning to the policeman,” said a villager.

Source : The Indian Express



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