Abducted kin of J&K cops released

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Sep 2018 10:20:58




TERRORISTS have released the relatives of policemen whom they had abducted from various places in south Kashmir, official sources said on Friday. At least eight people, whose relatives were working in the Jammu and Kashmir Police, were abducted on Thursday night by terrorists. The sources said that all those abducted had been released. However, a senior police official said they had to check whether those abducted had returned home. Unconfirmed reports said that the total number of kidnapped kin of policemen was 11.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah had condemned the abductions.Officials said at least eight people were picked up by militants from Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora. “Some incidents of abduction have come to the notice of police in South Kashmir. We are ascertaining details and circumstances. In due course it shall be placed in public domain,” a police spokesman had earlier said.

The militants’ action came on a day when the NIA arrested the second son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin. Terrorists kidnapped the nephew of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Trenz area in Shopian district, a police official said. Adnan Ahmad Shah (26) was abducted by terrorists from his home late Thursday night, the official said.

In another incident, the son of a police officer was kidnapped by the ultras from his home in Wathoo village of Shopian, he said. Yasir Bhat, whose father is presently in Haj pilgrimage, was also abducted.The official did not divulge the details of other abductions.Militants threatened to set afire the family home of a constable at Berthipora in Shopian, the official added.Abdullah on Friday said that the abductions were a worrying reflection of the situation in the valley.

The National Conference Vice-President also lashed out at those who were vocal in condemning the alleged excesses by security forces but were silent about the abductions. “What’s worse is the selective outrage - people/leaders who are so vocal about alleged security force excesses are silent about these abductions,” he said.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said families of either militants or forces should not be made to suffer for something they have little control over. Allegations were made that security forces went on the rampage on Wednesday after killing of four policemen in Shopian in south Kashmir and damaged some houses belonging to terrorists. “Militants and forces victimising each other’s families is highly condemnable and marks a new low in our situation. Families shouldn’t become casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over,” Mufti tweeted.


Hizbul claims responsibility



HIZBUL Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo on Friday claimed responsibility for the abduction of Kashmiri policemen’s relatives and set a three-day deadline for the release of all relatives of terrorists who are in police custody, according to an audio clip circulating on social media. Police officials refused to confirm or deny the authenticity of the nearly 12-minute clip being attributed to the Hizbul commander. “We did not want to involve your families in this. We picked up your relatives so that you realise what (our) mothers go through when you arrest their innocent kin,” he said.

“We kidnapped your relatives so that you know that we can reach you. We have set them free with full dignity this time but next time it will not be repeated... We will act according to how you act,” he said in the clip being shared widely on social media.The self-styled Hibul commander said this was the last time they were warning them.“Release all our relatives within three days. If you fail to release them within this time frame, your families would not be safe anymore,” he sad. Naikoo outlined how local police had taken the lead role in the anti-militancy operations.

“India is trying instigate infighting between Kashmiris as part of its strategy to crush the freedom struggle. Unfortunately, the Kashmiri Police personnel have become a part of this conspiracy,” he said.Naikoo said the personnel were on the frontlines of every operation and whenever someone died during an encounter, he was from the Kashmir Police.“When the Army goes on a vandalism spree in villages, the Kashmiri policemen are there with them. Our families are unnecessarily booked under the PSA,” he added.Naikoo said the terrorists were not fighting the police.

“Had it been so, we would force them (cops) to migrate within one month. We are fighting India but unfortunately the Kashmir Police has become the frontline of this battle,” he said.“We have tolerated a lot and made a lot of efforts to make them (cops) understand but in vain. From now on, whoever becomes an obstacle in our mission, he will be treated the same way as the enemy,” he added.