7 Jammu and Kashmir cops quit after militants murder policemen in Shopian


“Clearly, with the rise in kidnapping of police personnel and their families, the Centre’s muscular policy is not working at all,” a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said today. (Photo for representation: Reuters)

Shared News | UPDATED: September 21, 2018 14:56 IST

At least six Special Police Officers and one constable in Jammu and Kashmir resigned after militants abducted and murdered three policemen in Shopian this morning.

A fourth man, the brother of a police officer, was also abducted, but later set free.

Two of the three men who were killed were SPOs. The other man was a constable.

Earlier, IndiaToday.in reported that three SPOs posted videos to announce their resignations. That number increased.

The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a terrorist group, had threatened these men, warning them to quit their jobs or face consequences.

In late August, eleven relatives of 6 policemen were abducted by militants in Jammu and Kashmir. All of them were released.

“Clearly, with the rise in kidnapping of police personnel and their families, [the] Centre’s muscular policy is not working at all,” Mehbooba Mufti, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, said in a tweet today.

“Dialogue, the only way forward, seems to be a distant dream for now.”

Only last evening, Mufti, whose coalition government fell this year after the BJP’s withdrawal, hailed India’s decision to accept Pakistan’s proposal of a foreign minister-level meet as a “welcome step”.


A recent IndiaToday.in report says the “main reason” for the recent transfer of former Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid “is apparently the surge in terror attacks on [the] J&K Police, which started on the eve of Eid when three cops where brutally killed by militants, followed by another strike on a police party in Shopian in which four policemen were killed.”

Today, after the murder of the three policemen, Vaid decried a “dastardly act” against the state police, and appealed to fellow citizens to stand together against it.

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