Srinagar: After militants entered a senior police officer’s home in Shopian to warn his family, senior police officers say that such threats by militants will not stop the police from doing their duty.
Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid told Kashmir Reader that militants have not targeted families for the first time. “This has been happening since the late eighties when militancy erupted in Kashmir, but these tactics have never stopped the police from performing their duties,” Vaid said.
Vaid, however, said that there are no measures that can be taken to completely secure the families of the entire police department.
“There are as many as 85,000 police personnel and no counter measures can be put in place practically against such a situation,” Vaid said.
A police official, who wished to not be named, said that militants’ threats are only ‘rhetoric’. “The killings and retaliation business is just rhetoric, which will lead both sides to nowhere and will only escalate the situation,” the police official said.
As many as 12 militants reportedly entered the house of a senior police officer in Shopian and ransacked his home while threatening his family. This occurred a day after the Tral encounter between militants of Hizbul Mujahideen and government forces in which two militants — a local and a Pakistani — and one police constable of the special operations group were killed.
A senior police official told Kashmir Reader that the police have faced similar situations in the past. “Policemen will continue performing their duty despite militants creating these aberrations,” he said.
The official added that the police personnel are part of Kashmiri society and targeting their families will only create problems in the society. “We have not come from Multan or any other place from outside. Whatever happened is absolutely wrong and it will only create further problems,” he said.