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Terrorists shot dead off-duty policeman in Pulwama

Hundreds participate in funeral prayers | My son left home for irrigating paddy fields, he was killed in cold blood: Father

Post by on Sunday, June 19, 2022

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Srinagar, June 18: Terrorists on Friday evening shot dead an off-duty policeman in Samboora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. He was the fourth cop killed in targeted killings since May this year.
The slain policeman was identified as SI (M) Farooq Ahmed Mir S/o Abdul Ganie Mir, resident of SambooraPulwama. He was posted in IRP 23 BnLethpora.
As per police officials on Friday evening, Mir left his home around 8:30 pm to irrigate the paddy fields but did not return till late evening.
“When his family members went to the field looking for him, his body was found lying in an irrigation canal near the paddy field,” he said.
"After that police party rushed to the spot and upon examining the body a bullet injury was found on his chest. Moreover, two empty cartridges of pistol rounds were recovered from the spot. A case was registered and investigation taken up," a police official said.
In a Tweet, Police spokesperson said preliminary investigation reveals that Mir had left his home for work in his paddy fields Friday evening, where he was shot dead by terrorists using a pistol.
Abdul Gani Mir, father of the slain policeman told Rising Kashmir that his son was killed in cold blood. He left his home to irrigate the paddy field and did not return home.
“We began searching for him along with local villagers and retrieved his body from a local stream near the paddy field in the night. He was helpful to everyone and had good relations with all in the locality,” he said.
Mir said slain Farooq’s wife had recently undergone surgery, so he was on leave to look after her. We fail to understand why he was targeted,” he said.
His relatives demand investigation into his killing.
The slain policeman is survived by an aged father, two daughters, younger one in class 12th; two sons, one is studying MBBS and another is in class 7th.
Masroor Ahmad, a neighbor of the slain policeman termed Mir’s killing as unfortunate for the entire village. He was helpful to everyone and had never hurt anyone.
“It is un-Islamic to kill any innocent person,” he said and urged the administration to probe his killing and nab culprits behind the gruesome act.
Masroor said they are still in shock about Mir’s death. “We are unable to believe that he is no more. We are now broken and could not narrate the pain of losing him,” he said. “All hopes turned into despair for his family, who lost their sole bread earner,” he further said.
Hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayers of the slain policeman. Local villagers termed Mir's killing a big loss for the village.
Mir, was appointed in Jammu and Kashmir Police in the year 1998 as a constable, and in 2008 after qualifying the departmental examination was promoted as Sgct (M), in 2012 he was promoted as HC (M) and in 2018 as ASI (M).
In December last year, the officer was promoted as SI (M) and was posted as OSI in IRP 23 Bn.
Mir is the fourth policeman to be killed by terrorists since May, while seven, mostly off-duty cops, have been killed in targeted attacks so for this year.

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