Jammu, July 18: On the night of July 8, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen Militant commander, Burhan Wani, four policemen stood as the only wall between a rampaging mob and members of the minority community at the Haal transit camp in Pulwama district.
The quartet stood up to the mob along with some Pandit youths when the camp saw intense stone-pelting throughout the night of July 8. Attempts were made to barge into the transit camp that houses Pandit employees who had returned in 2010 under the Prime Minister’s employment package.
Eyewitness account says that after the news of Burhan’s killing spread, the Haal camp was surrounded by hundreds of locals shouting angry slogans which was then followed by stone-pelting. This was reason enough for almost 60 inmates, including women and children.
“The police personnel did not budge and in fact pushed back the hundreds of protesters. They threw stones on us from three sides. We survived because of their courage,” said one Pandit employee.
Security was handed over to the Central Reserve Police Force and an Army unit on July 9, but the four policemen continued to be posted there.
BJP MLC Surinder Ambardar said the police department should recognise their bravery in ensuring that no harm was caused to the inmates. “I have heard from employees about the bravery of these policemen. I have brought it to the notice of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. On a personal level, Rs 10,000 was announced for the four constables,” he said.