‘First time’, locals say, funeral prayers offered twice for a slain policeman
PAMPORE: One of the three policemen hit by bullets that Jaish-e-Muhammed militants fired on their vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu new bypass near Kandizal Pampore, succumbed to his injuries late Wednesday night at the army’s base hospital Srinagar, police said.
The slain cop has been identified as Tanveer Ahmad Malik, 23, son of Abdul Rashid Malik, resident of Kharpora Chitergul in Anantnag district.
Police said in a statement, “The injured cop of IRP-17 Battalion Tanveer Ahmad Malik (Belt No 783), who received bullet injuries in his head after JeM militants attacked an IRP-17 battalion 407 police vehicle at New Bypass, Kandizal area of Kakapora, succumbed to his injuries at 92 base Army hospital Srinagar.”
The other two injured policemen have been identified as Ct Muddasir Ahmad and driver SgCT Mohammad Ayub. They are in hospital and are stated to be stable, SSP Pulwama Mohammad Asalam Choudhry told Kashmir Reader.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Reader that the police vehicle was on its way to Mattan Anantnag from Srinagar when militants attacked it near Kandizal Pampore.
Relatives said Tanveer had joined police department in December 2016 and was currently posted with IRP-17th Bn.
They said that his first appointment was at Devsar Kulgam and that he had done his graduation from Degree College Uttersoo.
Tanveer is survived by his elder brother, elder sister, and aged parents. Locals told Kashmir Reader that the family is poor and has no alternative source of income.
Locals said that the government should provide a job to the elder son in some “civil department” as there was no surety of life in the police department.
Some locals alleged that Tanveer had been made a “scapegoat” as his movement (in the police vehicle) was “out of routine” and the travelling policemen were “least armed, with almost no security apparatus”. People also asked why they were traveling without bullet-proof gear.
Locals alleged that there was no senior cop deputed with them who could have averted the tragedy.
The family said that the “rulers” must resolve the Kashmir issue to stop further bloodshed in the valley.
Family members and locals said that Tanveer was fond of playing cricket and volleyball. They said that when Tanveer’s body reached home, a flood of people descemded on his house and it was the “first time” that two rounds of funeral prayers were held for a slain policeman.
The SSP Pulwama told Kashmir Reader that the attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Muhammed militants and a search operation has been launched at several places in Kakapora area to nab them.
A wreath-laying ceremony for Tanveer Ahmad was held at District Police Lines Anantnag on Thursday morning.
Officers led by DIG Amit Kumar laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains and paid rich tributes to the slain. Among others, DC Anantnag Mohammad Younis, SSP Anantnag Altaf Ahmad Khan, CO IR 17, SP Hqrs and other officers and jawans of police laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains of the slain.