Three policemen have been kidnapped and killed by terrorists in south Kashmir early on Friday morning. The terrorists barged into the houses of four policemen – three of them Special Police Officers – in Kapran village and dragged them out, said the police. One of them was freed with the “help of villagers”, home ministry officials have told local media. The terrorists have allegedly warned the policemen and asked them to resign, say police sources.
The bullet ridden bodies of the three securitymen were found in Shopian near their village.
Within minutes of the killing of the three policemen, former Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti hit out at the centre. “Clearly, with the rise in kidnapping of police personnel and their families, Centre’s muscular policy is not working at all. Dialogue, the only way forward seems to be a distant dream for now,” Ms Mufti said on Twitter.
“Three more policemen have lost their lives to militant bullets. Outrage, shock and condemnation will be expressed by all of us on expected lines. Unfortunately, it brings no solace to the families of the victims,” said the PDP chief.
Earlier a home ministry official told local media that “Terrorist are under pressure as they are not able to execute anything big. Protest politics and stone-pelting has come down. So they are taking out their frustration by targeting policemen in their houses.”