More than dozen SPOs re­sign un­der pres­sure from mil­i­tants

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Region - Mir Eh­san mir.eh­san@htlive.com ■

SRINAGAR: More than dozen spe­cial po­lice of­fi­cers (SPOs) an­nounced their res­ig­na­tion on Fri­day evening un­der pres­sure from mil­i­tants.

SPOs from four vil­lages of Tral in Pul­wama dis­trict — Pos­tuna, Lu­raw Jageer, Nadergam and Bat­gund — made an­nounce­ment of their res­ig­na­tion through the cler­ics of lo­cal mosques.

SPOs and lo­cal po­lice­men have been re­ceiv­ing death threats from past one month. Three SPOs were also ab­ducted and later left with a warn­ing to re­sign from their job.

Be­sides Hizbul Mu­jahideen, Tral also has a pres­ence of An­sar Gazwatul Hind led by Zakir Musa.

Re­cently, Hizbul Mu­jahideen had pasted posters in sev­eral vil­lages of Tral, ask­ing SPOs and lo­cal po­lice­men to re­sign from their jobs or face con­se­quences.

Awan­tipore su­per­in­ten­dent Zahid Ma­lik said they are ver­i­fy­ing the re­ports. “It seems to be a pro­pa­ganda by the mil­i­tants and their sym­pa­this­ers.”

How­ever, lo­cals said that SPOs from Pos­tuna, Lu­raw and Nadergam an­nounced their res­ig­na­tion at lo­cal mosques through the cler­ics on Fri­day.

“Even to­day, one SPO from Bat­gund vil­lage an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion at a lo­cal mosque. Ev­ery­body knows the names of the SPOs who have re­signed. This is for the first time when more than 10 SPOs have re­signed in past two-three days,” a lo­cal vil­lager of Bat­gund in Tral said.

Last month, one SPO was ab­ducted by mil­i­tants and was re­leased af­ter fam­ily made an ap­peal say­ing that he has left his job. Later, two more SPOs were beaten by the mil­i­tants and left with a warn­ing to re­sign from their jobs.

Last month, Saleem Shah, who had been work­ing as a spe­cial po­lice of­fi­cer and was pro­moted, got killed in Qaimoh in Kul­gam dis­trict. An­other po­lice con­sta­ble Javeed Ah­mad Dar was also ab­ducted from his house at Ve­hil in Shopian dis­trict and later killed by the mil­i­tants nearby. Po­lice, how­ever, said that three mil­i­tants in­volved in the killing of Shah were neu­tralised within hours.

Ear­lier, op­er­a­tional com­man­der of Hizbul Mu­jahideen Riyaz Ah­mad Naikoo had asked po­lice­men to re­sign from their jobs or face con­se­quences. Of­fi­cials said that cur­rently more than 30,000 SPOs are work­ing with Jammu and Kash­mir po­lice at re­mu­ner­a­tion of ₹5,000 to ₹6,000.

The of­fi­cials said SPOs are not reg­u­lar po­lice­men and could be dis­en­gaged any time, adding that SPOs who have served for three years and have worked in op­er­a­tions could be en­gaged as reg­u­lar po­lice­men only af­ter se­nior of­fi­cers rec­om­mend them for the en­gage­ment.

LO­CAL SPE­CIAL PO­LICE OF­FI­CERS AND PO­LICE­MEN HAVE BEEN RE­CEIV­ING DEATH THREATS FROM MIL­I­TANTS TO RE­SIGN FROM THEIR JOBS FROM PAST ONE MONTH

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