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Families of slain policemen: Killing cops will not help in resolving anything

Post by on Sunday, June 27, 2021

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There has been a spate of incidents in which policemen were killed at close range in targeted attacks by militants. In this month alone four cops lost their lives. Most of the attacks happened when the victims were returning back from their duties and close to their residences.

Following the back-to-back killings of four police officials, the families of slain cops feel devastated and shattered. The slain cops have left behind wailing relatives and young children.

On June 22 evening, Parvez Ahmad Dar, who worked with the criminal investigation department (CID) wing of the J&K police was shot at and injured in front of a local mosque near his residence at Menganwaji in the Nowgam area on the outskirts of the Srinagar city.

He was taken to the SMHS hospital but died on way to the hospital. Dar is survived by his wife and two children aged 13 and 10.

A close relative of Dar while grieving over the incident said “it is unfortunate that he was killed while he was on his way to attend Maghrib (evening prayers) in a local mosque. He was killed in a cold blood.”

"In his more than 20 years of service, he has never harmed anyone. He was helpful to everyone, not only in Srinagar but to people at his ancestral village in Tral as well," he said.

"Killing innocent and unarmed cops would not resolve the Kashmir issue. It needs dialogue between India, Pakistan, and people. Why our dear ones are being snatched away from us like this, it is very unfortunate," the relative said.

Following the incident, police released CCTV footage in which two pistol-borne suspected militants can be seen firing towards Dar and leaving him critically injured.

Police said preliminary investigations have revealed that two militants fired upon the police officer and claimed the attackers have been identified.

In another similar incident, on June 17, a policeman Javaid Ahmad Kambey was shot dead by suspected militants near his home at Saidapora locality of Srinagar while he was returning from duty.

A family member of the slain cop said they have been devastated by his killing. "He was returning from duty when the incident took place. We don’t have any knowledge, who killed him and why. We cannot blame anyone," the family member said.

"It has been two–and–a–half years since his marriage, he is survived by two small kids. He was not having any enmity with anyone and was on duty with a judicial officer," he said.

Kambey’s another relative said they have only one regret that, “why our son was killed as he was not having any dealing with the public. He was deputed with a judicial officer and his work was to accompany him from court to his home and vice-versa.”

'Our son was a gift of Almighty Allah and he has taken him back from us and he knows who killed him and why. There is nothing more to share about him," he said.

"The innocent killings by unidentified men will lead to nowhere. We believe peace and dialogue is the only way forward. Those who have killed him, have to answer before the Almighty,” another family member said.

According to police, cop Javaid Ahmad was posted as a personal security officer with a judge who has now retired.

"He was shifted to the hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries," they said.

In a viral video, his brother-in-law could be seen crying while talking about the killing of Kambey. “We are devastated and his killing has left us in deep shock.”

"Those who have killed him mercilessly, what will they say to his innocent children. We are shattered," he said. “There should be an impartial inquiry in the case to nab the culprits who killed him," he said.

In another incident on June 23 evening, unidentified gunmen shot dead a 28-year-old shopkeeper at Habba Kadal area of downtown Srinagar.

 The slain youth was identified as Umer Nazir Bhat son of Nazir Ahmad of Kailashpora Habbakadal, Srinagar.

 As per the Police, suspected militants fired upon the shopkeeper inside his shop at main chowk Habba Kadal. It was the third killing in the past week in Srinagar city.

 On  June 12, two civilians and as many policemen were killed in a militant attack in north Kashmir’s Sopore area of Baramulla district. The deceased policemen were identified as Constable Showkat Ahmad son of Abdul Gani Parray, a resident of Goripora, Beerwah of Budgam district and Constable Waseem Ahmad son of Mohammad Sadiq Bhat, a resident of Narbal Srinagar.

While two deceased civilians, Manzoor Ahmad Shalla and Bashir Ahmad, were locals from Sopore area.

 As per a police spokesman, militants opened fire indiscriminately upon a police party when they were performing duties to enforce Covid-19 SOPs (standard operating protocol) in the town.


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