BUDGAM: At least eight Special Police Officers (SPOs) announced their resignation from their jobs on Sunday after suspected militants shot and injured an SPO inside his home in Charwani area of Charar-e-Sharief in this central Kashmir district on Saturday night.
Five of the eight SPOs released videos on social media announcing their resignation.
“I am Mohamad Altaf Bhat, son of Abdul Majeed Bhat, a resident of Futlipora Charar-e-Sharief. I am working as an SPO in police department but from 28 October I have no connection with the police,” one of them said in a video circulated on social media. So did Mohammad Iqbal Hurrah, son of Abdul Hameed Hurrah, resident of Tilsara Charar-e-Sharief. In a short video, he announced his resignation and said that he has no affiliation with the police department from now on.
Three SPOs – Myser Ahmad Laway, Firdous Ahmad Bhat, and Aijaz Ahmad Bhat – submitted their resignation but did not announce it on video, a police officer in the district told Kashmir Reader.
Bilal Ahmad Hajam, son of Abdul Raheem Hajam, and Imtiyaz Ahmad Yatoo, son of Abdul Rasheed Yatoo, both residents of Hayatpora Chadoora, were working with the police department for the past one year. They released a video together and said that they resigned from the police department two months ago, but were announcing it on video today.
“I have resigned two months ago and have nothing to do with the police department. Today I am announcing resignation via video today,” both of them can be heard saying.
Hilal Ahmad Dar from Zinpanchal village in Charar-e-Sharief also quit his job as SPO. “Now I am resigning from my job and have nothing to do with this department anymore,” he said in a video that was widely circulated on social media.
No police official could be contacted for comments on this matter by the time this report was filed.
On Saturday night, suspected militants had shot at an SPO inside his home. The cop was identified as Mohammad Hafiz, resident of Charwani in Charar-e-Sharief. He is currently posted at the SDPO office in Charar-e-Sharief.
Police officials said that the SPO suffered bullet injuries in his leg and was hospitalised soon after.