Kashmir unrest: Separatists make it personal, name police officers

In a first, Hurriyat Conference has named a police officer for “firing pellets on protesters” and called him a “butcher and criminal”.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published:August 7, 2016 1:52 am
kashmir, kashmir protests, separatists, kashmir separatists, hurriyat, hurriyat kashmir, hurriyat kashmir violence, pellet guns, kashmir pellet injuries, kashmir news A masked protester gestures towards the police during a protest in Srinagar. (Source: Reuters)

In what seems to be emerging as a new trend that spells grave personal danger for law enforcement officials in troubled Kashmir Valley, both separatist forces and locals in different areas have begun holding police officials personally responsible for deaths in the ongoing unrest and threatening them with dire consequences.

In a first, Hurriyat Conference has named a police officer for “firing pellets on protesters” and called him a “butcher and criminal”. The Hurriyat also warned him that they cannot help if people decide to take “action”.

Hours after several people were injured when police fired pellets to disperse protesters in Khanabal, the Syed Ali Shah Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference named an officer and said, “Without provocation, he resorted to pellet shelling, injuring dozens, including at least seven women, who sustained pellet injuries to her private parts. This criminal and butcher is warned that it is high time rogues and killers like him are brought to book. We cannot stop people (if they decide) to tackle you directly.” In the past, separatists have limited themselves to making general statements, asking the police to stop committing “excesses”.

In north Kashmir’s Sopore, unidentified people have scribbled a graffiti, warning Sopore SP Harmeet Singh after a civilian was killed and more than 140 injured — mostly by pellets — when police and paramilitary forces fired pellets on protesters in the town on Friday.

“Harmeet a warn(ing) for you. Your death is our mission,” reads a graffiti on a road near Super Bazar in the town. There are several other graffiti written on roads, warning other officers posted in the town.

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In south Kashmir’s Kulgam, the house of a policeman associated with the Special Operations Group was set on fire by people a day after several people were killed in firing in the district. In Srinagar, a private car of a policeman was set on fire at Parimpora in the second week of July when he was stopped by protesters and asked to show his ID card.

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    Chandu Shah
    Aug 7, 2016 at 4:33 pm
    If the mob is throwing stones at security forces what do one expect. Take the stones lying down. Live rounds would not be a bad idea.
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      Chandu Shah
      Aug 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm
      You are talking from your backside.
      1. Y
        Aug 7, 2016 at 3:55 am
        Dogs of hind uism terrorism deserve nothing less but, punishment in kind, not just them, but their families must be made to suffer, as their victims, to teach , hind us criminals by faith, a lesson in civility.
        1. I
          Indian Hindu
          Aug 7, 2016 at 4:17 am
          These separatists have proven once again that they are cowards and s of highest order. Even the most ruthless and entrenched mafia never get personal with law enforcement. Once they do - then all bets are off - nothing is out of reach. I hope Geela-nahi is successful in his foolish pursuit. After that - police will ensure that his shalwar is 'geela' as well as 'peela' - the way he has deserved it all this while.
          1. M
            Aug 7, 2016 at 4:11 am
            Well once again a new strategy has to be planned to get rid of these separatists and their rascal goons...Without that Kashmir will burn...
            1. S
              Aug 7, 2016 at 8:57 am
              Kashmir was once with full of Hindu potion, ruled by Hindu King. Now, there is hardly few thousand hindus left. Thousands of Hindu families have been macred, women molested, and driven out of the state by Muslim militants and terrorists, fully supported by the locals. They could not return to the state now. The Kashmiri Muslims are not allowing the government to create separate housing colonies for the Pandits who want to return. Because of article 370, no one from the rest of India can buy any home in Kashmir, but Kashmir Muslims can buy any amount of land anywhere in India. Kashmiri youths are given admission in top colleges across the country, but these "youth" cause troubles at the university campuses, campaigning in support of terrorists like Yakub Memon. In NIT Kashmir, the students from rest of India are prevented from hoisting national flag, and they were beaten and chased out.
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                concerned Indian
                Aug 7, 2016 at 4:36 am
                Harmeet ji please don't feel shy in killing Kashmiris. Plz do the shubh karya
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