The killing comes just a few days after India had cited the cold-blooded murder of an army officer from Kashmir, Lt Ummer Fayaz, at the United Nations General Assembly as an example of the kind of terrorism emanating from Pakistan. “This is a true picture. It portrays a harsh and tragic reality,” an Indian diplomat had told the UN body, holding the 22-year-old officer’s photograph.
Like Constable Ramzan, Lt Fayaz too was off-duty and unarmed when he was kidnapped from a family wedding in south Kashmir’s Shopian district in May this year.
The army officer’s family had hoped the terrorists would let him go and didn’t report the abduction to the police. The army officer’s body was found the next day around 30 km from his village, with bullets in his head and abdomen.
When the terrorists barged into Constable Md Ramzan’s house on Wednesday evening to take him away, he and his family resisted. According to reports, they dragged him out of the house and when it became clear that they wouldn’t be able to take him away, they opened fire.
Nitish Kumar, who heads the police in north Kashmir, tweeted that the four of Md Ramzan’s family members were also “critically injured”.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah also expressed his condolences on twitter. He condemned the incident calling it “abominable”.