To stop desertions J&K police must keep an eye on radicalized, compromized elements within the force

AK-47 Srinagar SPO Decamps with AK-47Despite the state police department order directing all police officials to deposit weapons in the Kot or respective police stations when they are on leave, a Special Police officer attached with Rainawari police station fled with an AK-47 perhaps to join the ranks of terrorists. SPO Riyaz Ahmed, a resident of Budgam was posted in Rainawari police station but he went missing taking along an AK 47 rifle and magazine issued to police constable Shoukat Ahmad posted in the same police station.

A departmental inquiry has been ordered, and an FIR has been registered in the case. This is the third such incident in which cops have deserted with weapons, and join militant ranks.

Apart from the bad news, the police also had a positive development which could also serve as a warning to the officers deserting the ranks as a SPO turned militant was killed yesterday in Pulwama district. SOG, and other security forces conducted a joint operation in which Raqib Bashir, a resident of Zadoor, Pulwama was shot dead when he was trying to flee the cordon in Godipura. Bashir is reported to have joined the LeT but his two accomplices managed to flee when large number of people started pelting stones on the security forces.

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