Jammu Kashmir National Conference Junaid Azim Mattu on Friday slammed Separatist leaders after militants abducted at least 11 relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir and questioned if they will still remain silent.
At least seven relatives of policemen have been officially kidnapped, however, unconfirmed reports said the total number of kidnapped kin of cops has reached 11 but police said they were trying to ascertain reports of abductions.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have condemned the abductions of kin of policemen.
Now sons and brothers of policemen are being abducted as we continue to shut our eyes to an unprecedented slide in Kashmir. Wonder if the three Hurriyat leaders can gather the courage to stand up and denounce this? Or will they offer their acquiesce through silence yet again?,” tweeted Junaid Azim Mattu.
The NC leader also slammed former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and said, “Till recently a BJP-ally and a Former CM, here is Mehbooba Ji drawing an equivalence between the Police, Security Forces and militants. This is the rhetoric that catalyses militancy, turmoil and misery in Kashmir. Nationalist in power and ‘objective’ activist while out of power.”
Condemning the act, Mufti had said that militants and forces victimizing each other’s families is highly condemnable and marks a new low in our situation. “Families shouldn’t become casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over.”
The militants’ action came on a day when the NIA arrested the second son of globally wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin.
Militants kidnapped the nephew of a deputy superintendent of police from Trenz area in Shopian district, a police official told PTI. Adnan Ahmad Shah (26) was abducted by militants from his home late last night, the official said.
In another incident, son of a police officer was kidnapped by the ultras from his home in Wathoo village of Shopian. Yasir Bhat, whose father is presently in Hajj pilgrimage, was also kidnapped late last night.
Omar Abdullah today said the abduction of kin of policemen was a worrying reflection of the situation in the valley. “11 abductions! This is a very worrying reflection of the situation in the valley,” Omar wrote in a tweet.