Eleven relatives of police officers were abducted by unknown gunmen in different parts of south Kashmir on Thursday evening.
The abductions started from south Kashmir’s Midoora Tral, a village in Pulwama district, when unknown gunmen barged into Ghulam Hassan Mir’s house. who works as a cook in the Jammu and Kashmir police department and abducted his son Nasir Ahmad Mir, a teacher by profession. Just 10 kilometres away from Midoora, in Pinglish village, Pulwama district, gunmen abducted Asif Ahmad, the son of a local policeman Rafiq Ahmad Rather, on Wednesday.
Another abduction occurred in the same district in Naaman village which is around 40 kilometres from Pinglish. Masked gunmen barged into Nazir Ahmad Mir’s house who works in the police department in Srinagar and abducted his brother Mohammad Shafi Mir.
Seven abductions also took place in different villages of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
As per the reports, gunmen on Thursday evening abducted Zubair Ahmad, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmad, son of a policeman from Kharpora, Kulgam; Sumair Ahmad Rather, son of a policeman from Yaripora, Kulgam; and Gowhar Ahmad, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Katapora, Kulgam.
South Kashmir’s Shopian district witnessed two abductions.
A group of unknown gunmen abducted the nephew of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from his home in Thairun Trenz village in Shopian district. The masked gunmen barged into the house of Mohammad Ashraf Shah and abducted his son Adnan Ahmad Shah, the nephew of DSP Mohammed Syed Shah, who is posted at the police headquarters in Srinagar.
Masked gunmen also barged into Assistant Sub-Inspector Bashir Ahmad Bhat’s house and abducted his son Yasir Ahmad Bhat from his house at Wathoo village in Shopian district.
Reports said that the cases of the abduction occurred soon after the police had detained the father of Hizbul Mujahideen’s commander Riyaz Naiko and seven other persons in separate raids in south Kashmir’s Awantipora and Pulwama district, on Thursday morning.
Detained persons have been identified as Mohammed Isahaq Wani (17), son of Mohd Yousuf and a student of class 11; Irfan Wani (24), son of Abdul Rashid and works as a bread maker; Amir Ahanger (19), son of Abdul Hamid, who works as painter; Mohammed Ashraf Mir (32), son of Bashir Ahmad Mir, professionally a carpenter; Suhail Tramboo (18), son of Mohd Ahsan; Sameer Sheikh (18), son of Abdul Lateef; and Tauseef Sheikh (18), son of Abdul Salam, who is working as a painter.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Swayam Prakash Pani told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that investigation has been taken up following the reports about the abduction of family members of cops. He said that they are ascertaining the facts in this regard.
Reacting to the abductions in south Kashmir, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Vice President of National conference Omar Abdullah, commented on Friday that 11 abductions are a worrying reflection and questioned the silence of leaders on the issue.
Taking to his widely followed twitter handle Omar wrote:
“11 abductions! This is a very worrying reflection of the situation in the valley. What’s worse is the selective outrage – people/leaders who are so vocal about alleged security force excesses are silent about these abductions.”
In another tweet, he wrote: “I don’t condone any families being harassed but how about a word of condemnation for the harassment and worse still the kidnapping of families of @JmuKmrPolice personnel.”
Meanwhile the forces havel aunched operations to trace the abducted people.