Kashmir : Militants ransack homes of cops, ask them to quit jobs

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Kashmir, July 29 : Militants on Thursday night ransacked homes of dozens of policemen in Kulgam and Pulwama districts, ransacked their houses, beat up their family members and asked them to tell their sons to quit jobs or face consequences.

The militants also set ablaze the house of former government-sponsored militiamen, called Ikhwanis, besides beating up a People’s Democratic Party worker in Pulwama.

 He ransacking occurred after government forces beat up the family members of Hizb militant Tauseef Sheikh at Rampora village, Qaimoh in Kulgam district, on Wednesday night.

Sources said that gunmen first made their way into the house of a superintendent of police official in Qaimoh area of Kulgam and ransacked the house.

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This, they said, was followed by the attacks on the houses of two policemen in Dashin-Sempora village in Yaripora area.

 “The gun wielding militants ransacked the house, broke the window panes and asked the family members of the policemen to ask their kin to quit the job,” sources said.

They said later gunmen also ransacked houses of two policemen posted with Indian Reserve Police and traffic department in Mirhama village of the district.

The militants, sources said, also barged into the house of former notorious militiaman Bilal Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Nabi Bhat in Bachroo village and asked the family members to come out.

“As they came out militants sprinkled petrol on the house and set it ablaze,”

Bilal sources say was not present in his house as he puts up at the colony set up specifically set up for former militiamen in a highly guarded security zone in Kulgam town.

A senior police official posted in the district confirmed the incidents saying they are investigating the matter.

Similar attacks were carried by gunmen in many villages of Pulwama district.

Militants barged into the house of two special police officers posted in DPL Pulwama and Shopian in Trichal and Tumlehal villages of the district.

The militants asked their families to persuade their kin to give up police jobs. They conveyed the similar message to the family of a CRPF trooper in Naira village, whose home they ransacked.

The gunmen in the middle of the night also broke into the house of PDP female worker (a former Panch) in Trichal village and beat up her husband and told her to quit mainstream.

Pulwama superintendent of police Muhamad Aslam said the police are investigating the attacks.

Meanwhile following the attack on his house, an SPO hailing from Trichal Pulwama apologised publicly and announced he was quitting the job.

The cop appeared in the local mosque and announced on the public address system that he is resigning from the department, locals said.