Pakistan sponsored militants have got a soft target in Kashmir – the Jammu and Kashmir police personnel.
These heinous and cowardly tactics have resulted in cold-blooded murders of sons of the soil. In a shameful terror attack, militants killed four Jammu and Kashmir police personnel in J&K’s Shopian district on 29th August 2018. The terrorists started firing at the four policemen indiscriminately in broad daylight when they were repairing a broken-down vehicle in Arhama fruit mandi, about 2 km from Shopian town.
It is sickening how these Pakistan backed militants attack policemen when they are usually unarmed and off-duty. While two cops died on the spot, the other two succumbed to injuries in a nearby hospital. The four martyred policemen were Constable Javed Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Iqbal Mir, Ishfaq Ahmad Mir and Special Police Officer (SPO) Adil Manzoor Bhat.
The Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and the Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfits have claimed joint responsibility for the attack.
The Revenge Story
The reprehensible cowardly terror attack on policemen came after top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Altaf Ahmed Dar and his associate Umar Rashid Wani were gunned down by the security forces in Muniward area in Anantnag.
Altaf Ahmed Dhar alias Kachroo was one of the 21 most-wanted militants in Kashmir and belonged to the A++ category. It is unfortunate how J&K police personnel are bearing the brunt of these revenge killings by militants.
Series of Attacks
There has been an increase in a series of such attacks targeting local policemen. Militants didn’t spare policemen even at the auspicious time of Eid. On 22nd August 2018, militants targeted and killed three off-duty policemen who had come home to celebrate Eid with their families.
Fayaz Ahmad Shah, an under-training police constable was mercilessly shot dead when he was returning home after offering Eid prayers in the Kulgam district of South Kashmir. Similarly, Special Police Officer Mohammad Yaqoob Shah and Sub-inspector Mohd Ashraf Dar were shot dead by militants in their own homes. How ironic it is that the men in uniform are being killed by their own Kashmiri brothers who have sold their souls to terror backed by Pakistan.
Local policemen, especially special police officers, are also being threatened by militants to either leave their jobs or face the consequences. While in other parts of the country, if someone belongs to the police force, it is a matter of pride. However, in Kashmir, it has become a dangerous profession where policemen are under scanner 24×7.
It is deeply saddening and heart-breaking to lose men in uniform who spend their lives protecting the country out of love and conviction that one day everything will be alright. The terrorists can now no longer hide behind the burqa of fighting for Kashmir. It is Kashmir that they are ravaging and Kashmiris that they are killing.