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No cop has resigned in JK, reports are ‘untrue, motivated’, says Home Ministry of India

The Home Ministry of India on Friday said no policeman has resigned in Jammu and Kashmir in wake of the killing of three cops by militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.

After militants killed three cops, who were abducted from Shopian, at least six have announced their resignations from three other districts of the valley.

While taking to social media, policemen from Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama quit their jobs.

A statement from the MHA said that reports have appeared in a section of media that some special police officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir have resigned, but the state police force has confirmed that these reports are “untrue and motivated”, the ministry said in a statement.

“These reports are based on false propaganda by mischievous elements,” it said.

The policemen who announced their resignations identified themselves as Nawaz Ahmad Lone (SPO) of Tengam Kulgam, Shabir Ahmad Thokar (SPO) of Samnoo Kulgam, Tajallah Husssain (SPO) of Heepora Butgund, Shopian, Umar Bashir (SPO) of Kapran Shopian, Irshad Ahmad Baba (constable) of Dangam, Shopian and Naseer Ahmad (SPO) of Wahibug Pulwama.

Earlier, Three policemen – Firdous Ahmad Kuchay, Kulwant Singh and Nisar Ahmad – were abducted and killed by he militants in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Friday morning.

Last month 11 family members of police officials have been kidnapped by militants in different areas across Kashmir after the father of Hizb commander Riayz Naikoo was detained by the police.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo had reportedly tweeted about the kidnappings warning the armed forces about a ‘tit for tat’ after Naikoo’s father was arrested by the armed forces in a night raid on August 30.

The Hizb Commander Riyaz Naikoo, according to police, is the brain behind militant recruitment. “Naikoo has motivational power and he has managed to persuade youth and brought them into the fold of the Hizb outfit,” police had said recently.

Recently, Naikoo had said that Amarnath Yatris were ‘guests and that the reports suggesting that militants were planning to attack them were baseless’. “Amarnath Yatra is not our target. They come here to perform their religious rituals. They (yatris) are our guests,” said Riyaz Naikoo, Field Operational Commander, in an audio clip released on social media.

Earlier on August 30, families of two militants in the Shopian district of Kashmir alleged that the armed forces set their homes on fire.

According to report in the English daily Greater Kashmir, the family members of a militant Shahjahan alleged that the armed forces raided their house in Amshipora village of the district.


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