Slain cops laid to rest, people aghast at killings

Slain cops laid to rest, people aghast at killings

Baramulla: Slain policeman Shariq Ahmad Lone, who was among the six policemen killed in a militant attack in South Kashmir on Friday, was laid to rest in his local graveyard in Mahin Ferozpora area of Tangmarg district late Friday night. Locals said his body reached his home at about 1 am Friday night and was laid to rest by about 2 am as there was no protest at that time. However thousands of people both from the village and other areas visited his home Saturday to pay their condolences. Locals appealed to militants to not attack policemen who are at their jobs only for their livelihood. “We appeal to militants to not kill our own people,” said Tangmarg resident Sajad Ahmad. “Policemen are not alone, they have their families and other relatives. If you kill them, their families may act against you at any time.” Others also appealed to both militants and policemen to not target each other as all involved are from the same soil.
Meanwhile locals told Kashmir Reader that Shariq was among the four children of a famous retired headmaster of the area, Abdul Ahmad Lone. Among his siblings, elder brother Basharat is also a police constable. Shariq also left behind a three-year-old daughter who is still waiting for her father. “My Papa is at his duty and he is coming to home. He will reach home by evening,” the little girl told reporters Saturday morning.
In Shopian, Subzar Ahmad Chek son of Farooq Ahmed Chek was laid to rest in his native village at Nowgam-Vehil village.
People participated in the funeral prayers of cop. The slain policeman was married nearly two months ago.
He left behind parents and five brothers, locals said.
Hundreds of people marched in grief, making the procession one of the biggest funerals in the hilly village of Surasyar, in central Kashmir’s Budgam today on Saturday. Tasveer Ahmad’s was the sole bread earner of his family comprising of his two daughters and his aged parents.
Dar was appointed as a constable in Jammu and Kashmir police since 2012.
People from several villages participated in his funeral. “I am more concerned about the two daughters who my son left behind and his widowed wife,” Tasveer’s father told Kashmir Reader.

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