Srinagar: Three policemen were abducted from their homes in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and shot dead in cold blood by the Hizbul Mujahideen Friday, police said as a new page opened up in the three-decade chapter of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Hizbul Mujahideen is believed to be responsible for the killings, which also shook the 1.2 lakh strong Jammu and Kashmir police force with at least six special police officers (SPOs) announcing their resignations on social media, officials said.
The bodies of the slain policemen — identified as constable Nissar Ahmed and special police officers Firdous Ahmed and Kulwant Singh — were found in an orchard across a river, they said.
A video purportedly from the Hizbul Mujahideen had warned all Kashmiri residents working in police to tender their resignations.
Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani termed the incident cowardice and said “the militants are desperate as they are feeling the heat from security forces”.
The abduction of the policemen from their homes and the killing is the first in the three decades of militancy in the state. Earlier, policemen have been targeted on the road or during their duties.
The killings are believed to have triggered panic in the lower ranks of the police department with at least six policemen resigning. Two of them issued video messages dissociating themselves from the force while as one has issued his photograph with his written resignation.
“My name is Irshad Ahmad Baba and I was working as a constable in the police. I have rendered my resignation…,” said one of them in a video being widely circulated on social media here.
Tajalla Hussain Lone, an SPO, said he had resigned from the police department on September 17 and was issuing the video to put to rest any doubts that he had done so.
Police refused to comment on the resignations, saying they would verify the information. PTI