Sikh cop sec­ond of fam­ily to die fight­ing mil­i­tants

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Front Page - Ashiq Hus­sain let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR: In­dian Re­serve Po­lice head con­sta­ble Anoop Singh (48), who was killed in Pul­wama ter­ror at­tack on Thurs­day, is the sec­ond mem­ber of his fam­ily to have laid down his life fight­ing mil­i­tants in the val­ley.

Anoop was the youngest among four broth­ers, all of whom served in the po­lice force.

Ten years ago, his el­dest brother Sa­gar Singh had died in a bomb blast in Srinagar when the po­lice ve­hi­cle he was trav­el­ling in to Pul­wama af­ter drop­ping some pris­on­ers at the Cen­tral Jail had been hit by a re­mote-con­trolled ex­plo­sion at Rainawari on De­cem­ber 9, 2009.

TEN YEARS AGO, HIS EL­DEST BROTHER SA­GAR SINGH HAD DIED IN A BOMB BLAST IN SRINAGAR

SRINAGAR: In­dian Re­serve Po­lice head con­sta­ble Anoop Singh (48), who was killed in Pul­wama ter­ror at­tack on Thurs­day, is the sec­ond mem­ber of his fam­ily to have laid down his life fight­ing mil­i­tants in the val­ley.

Anoop was the youngest among four broth­ers, all of whom served in the po­lice force.

Ten years ago, his el­dest brother Sa­gar Singh had died in a bomb blast in Srinagar when the po­lice ve­hi­cle he was trav­el­ling in to Pul­wama af­ter drop­ping some pris­on­ers at the Cen­tral Jail had been hit by a re­mote-con­trolled ex­plo­sion at Rainawari on De­cem­ber 9, 2009.

“This is a fam­ily of mar­tyrs. Sa­gar was killed in an ex­plo­sion a decade ago and now Anoop lost his life to a mil­i­tant at­tack,” said a rel­a­tive Veeru Singh.

His other two broth­ers have re­tired from ex­ec­u­tive po­lice and fire ser­vices posts.

Anoop was in the 10th bat­tal­ion of In­dian Re­serve Po­lice and posted in Pul­wama.

A res­i­dent of Pul­wama’s Shadi­pora vil­lage, he is sur­vived by his wife and four chil­dren – two daugh­ters aged 22 and 18 and two sons aged 19 and 15. While his wife is a home­maker, the el­dest of his daugh­ters is in col­lege and a son is study­ing in an ITI. The other two chil­dren are in school.

Ac­cord­ing to his col­leagues, Anoop was quite pas­sion­ate about the ed­u­ca­tion of his chil­dren.

“He was very par­tic­u­lar about the ed­u­ca­tion of his chil­dren, es­pe­cially his daugh­ters. He wanted them to ex­cel and be­come of­fi­cers,” said one of his for­mer col­leagues.

Mourn­ing Anoop’s demise like the other vil­lagers, his neigh­bor Ran­deep Singh said, “He was one of the hum­blest per­sons I have ever met. He would al­ways greet ev­ery­one with a smile and re­spect young and old alike.”

“Peo­ple here are con­cerned about his chil­dren. We re­quest the govern­ment to make ar­range­ments for their ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment,” he said.

Singh and one of his col­leagues were in­jured on Thurs­day af­ter­noon when sus­pected mil­i­tants fired in­dis­crim­i­nately upon a joint party of se­cu­rity forces at a check­point in the Prischoo area of south Kash­mir’s Pul­wama dis­trict. Po­lice said the duo was evac­u­ated to a nearby hospi­tal where Anoop suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

The wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony of In­dian Re­serve Po­lice head con­sta­ble Anoop Singh, 48, who was killed in the ter­ror at­tack in Pul­wama on Thurs­day. HT PHOTO

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