Jammu and Kashmir police have issued a concerned message to its men across the Valley, asking them to take extra caution to avoid coming under attacks by militants.
The message was sent through various police stations and police posts post the murder of a cop by unidentified gunmen in southern Pulwama district in the early morning hours on Saturday.
Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, a ‘selection-grade’ constable of the J&K police, was shot dead by gunmen outside his home at Quil area of Pulwama at 6.15 am on Saturday.
Ganai, who was staying at Pulwama’s District Police Lines for about two months, was visiting home.
Sources in police have confirmed that they have been required now not to venture out alone or unarmed. Police officials who are handling assignments, like investigation of some cases, have been instructed to go out only when they are escorted by armed colleagues, the sources said.
They have also been urged to ensure their safety while commuting between their places of residence and work.
“Ganai went there on Friday evening and after spending the night with his family, he was headed back to the police lines when some unidentified men targeted him from point blank range,” said a police officer on the phone from Pulwama.
The assailants shot Ganai five times in the head and chest, police and hospital sources said, adding that Ganai was dead by the time he was rushed to a hospital. The police have blamed separatist militants for his murder.
“He was martyred while he was leaving his home for duties. The gunmen fired at him from close range,” a statement issued by the police said. The deceased is survived by his wife, father and a 14-year-old son.
On Wednesday, at least 17 people, including J&K police, CRPF officers, jawans and civilian bystanders, were injured in two grenade attacks carried out in quick succession and subsequent firing by militants in Pulwama town.