Kashmir : After J&K Police appeal, Donations pour in for families of slain cops

SRINAGAR, Sept 01 : Donations started pouring in from all quarters after J&K police appealed to the citizens on Tuesday, asking them to contribute to welfare fund of policemen killed in the line of duty.

The appeal was circulated on social media platforms a day after assistant sub inspector Abdul Rashid Shah was killed by terrorists in Anantnag.

A photo of his five-year-old adopted daughter, Zohra, weeping at his funeral went viral, triggering widespread condemnation of the killing.

SP Waheed Shah said several people have contributed to the fund. One Rajinder Verma tweeted, “I have sent as much as I could afford. I will tell my friends to donate for the welfare of the police families.”

J&K police, in its central police welfare meet this week, announced several enhancements in the existing set of grants given to its personnel.

These include doubling the ration amount, increasing the ex-gratia relief of martyrs to Rs 20 lakh and undertaking infrastructural development and augmentation of police public schools.

DGP S P Vaid said the special welfare amount — payable to the next of kin of deceased personnel in case of death while in service — was increased from Rs 12 lakh to Rs 15 lakh. For special police officers, the amount was raised from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh.

The retirement gift for cops was enhanced from Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000. The provisions for availing of a loan in case of terminal diseases has also been extended to five chances.

The killing of six policemen, including SHO Feroz Ahmad Dar in Anantnag, and deputy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandith in Srinagar in June, sparked furore across all quarters, with many policemen demanding an ex gratia relief of Rs 1 crore for the kin of the deceased.

Following this, DGP S P Vaid asked all policemen to contribute a day’s salary towards the families of slain cops. An officer said top officials of the police department will consult CM Mehbooba Mufti and work out some packages for the families of policemen killed in the line of duty.