The bodies of three policemen, who were abducted by militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday early morning were found in an orchard of Dangam-Wangam of Shopian.
The slain cops have been identified as Firdous Ahmad Kuchay, Kulwant Singh and Nisar Ahmad. Around 10:00 AM, Gunshots were heard in an orchard, locals rushed towards the spot and spotted three bullet-riddled bodies of the three policemen.
The three, working special police officers (SPOs) in J&K police, were abducted by 8-10 masked militants during raids in two villages of Kapran and Batgund of Shopian in the wee hours.
As the news of killing of SPO’s triggered panic in the lower ranks of the police department and with the result, 05 policemen announced that they had resigned from their job. The announcements were made via videos posted on social media.
However, MHA has denied this development. As per the MHA statement that reads, “some mischievous elements are trying to project that those SPOs whose service is not renewed due to administrative reasons have resigned. The reports are untrue and motivated"
Sources said a massive search operation has been launched in Shopian and Pulwama to trace the militants involved in the killings.
Police suspect Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo is behind the abductions and killings, as he had recently asked the SPOs to resign from the job.
Former Chief Minister J&K State Mehbooba Mufti, said the killings proved the central government's "muscular policy" was not working. "Clearly, with the rise in kidnapping of police personnel and their families, Centre's muscular policy is not working at all. Dialogue, the only way forward seems to be a distant dream for now," Mufti tweeted.
"Three more policemen have lost their lives to militant bullets. Outrage, shock and condemnation will be expressed by all of us on expected lines. Unfortunately, it brings no solace to the families of the victims," said Mufti
The rise in the abduction of security personnel comes as the state heads to a local civic body and panchayat elections from October -December, current year.
While the major regional political parties both Peoples Democratic party and National Conference have decided to stay away from the polls to protest what they call a threat to Article 35A of the Constitution, separatist leadership have also asked people to observe a complete boycott.
Meanwhile, State Intelligence agencies have submitted their detailed reports to the concerned quarters stating that the violence will increase in coming days.
Earlier this month, Dr. SP Vaid was removed as J&K police Chief in the wake of a series of kidnappings of kin of policemen by militants on 31st August, and their threat to derail upcoming urban local bodies and panchayat elections.