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.

The audacious move by policemen to desert the ranks and join the terrorists has confounded the senior officials, who recently gave directions that all weapons must be deposited with Kots to ensure assault rifles like AK-47s are not misused. However, the order seems to have failed to make any effect. Even more serious is the failure of the counter-intelligence department to identify the moles, and those officials who could be in touch with the terror groups, and switch sides. If the Jammu and Kashmir police has to win war against terror then it would have to boost counter-intelligence skills to ensure that it’s plan, and it’s men both of whom are crucial to fight this war don’t get compromised.

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.