The Hush Post: Family members of four policemen have been kidnapped by terrorists who barged into their homes in south Kashmir on Thursday evening. Their retaliatory action comes in the wake of crackdown on homes of people related to terror activities on Wednesday night and Thursday morning and the arrest of Hizb commander Syed Salahuddin’s son.
According to news reports, the son of a policeman, Rafiq Ahmad Rather, was kidnapped from Tral On Wednesday. Asif Rafiq Rather, a Masters student of sericulture in Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) was kidnapped by masked gunmen on Wednesday from his home in Pinglish Tral village.
Unidentified gunmen on Thursday evening abducted son of another policeman and brothers of two cops in Pulwama district. A group of masked gunmen barged into the house of constable Ghulam Hassan on Thursday evening and abducted his son Nasir Hassan Mir, a private school teacher. According to a news report, police have denied Nasir’s abduction. “He is missing from home,” superintendent of police Awantipora Muhammad Zahid Malik told Greater Kashmir.
The gunmen, locals said, also entered the house of a special police officer Bilal Ahmad Kumar but he was not present at home. “The gunmen ransacked his house and left,” said a resident.
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen entered the house of constable Zahoor Ahmad Zargar at Kangan village in Pulwama district on Thursday evening and abducted his brother Shabir Ahmad Zargar, a source told Greater Kashmir.
In another incident, gunmen appeared at Noman village in Kakapora and abducted Muhammad Shafi Mir, brother of a policeman Nazir Ahmed Mir.
The kidnappings, police say, are a pressure tactic by terrorists after security forces conducted multiple raids and arrested relatives of some terrorists on Wednesday night. This is the first time when families of policemen have been targeted.
Four policemen were killed on Wednesday in a major terror attack in Shopian district of South Kashmir. After the attack, the terrorists had escaped with three AK-47 rifles of the policemen. Police sources say the policemen had gone to an automobile workshop near Arhama fruit mandi to repair their vehicle when the heavily armed terrorists opened fire at them.
A day after, the NIA ( National Investigation Agency) along with other security forces in the Valley had swooped down on persons involved in the funding of terror activities in the state.