Police and militants train their sights on families in a new low for the Valley
Late evening on August 22, two armed men forced their way into inspector Mohammad Ashraf Dar’s home in Pulwama. They held the officer’s two school-going sons hostage till he emerged and when he did, they shot him dead. Dar was the third policeman killed that day. Earlier, militants had gunned down two cops who were home on leave.
Recent months have seen an unprecedented offensive against the police in retaliation to the mounting militant casualties. And they are making a spectacle of the killings too. A video being circulated shows 28-year-old Mohammad Saleem Shah, an SPO (special police officer) recently promoted as trainee constable, pleading with his militant captors. Shah’s bullet-riddled body was found outside Qaimoh village on July 21.
A week later, Hizbul Mujahideen militants abducted SPO Mudasir Ahmad Lone from his home in Tral. A cook with the police department, his captors released him after the family begged for mercy. But the release was followed by an ultimatum ordering other J&K police personnel to quit their jobs. It led to certain panic in South Kashmir. In Tral alone, 20 SPOs announced
DEATHLY ACTS A relative breaks down at a slain policeman’s funeral