Six J&K policemen killed, disfigured in Anantnag; we did it, says Lashkar

The attack took place 17 km from the spot in Arwani where an encounter between militants and security forces was in progress and barely 5 km from the Army’s Khandru camp, one of the most fortified installations in south Kashmir.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Sringar | Updated: June 17, 2017 5:32 am
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Six policemen, including a Station House Officer of the Achabal police station, were killed when militants ambushed their vehicle at Thajiwara Achabal in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday evening. Officials said that around 6:30 pm, Station House Officer, Achabal, Sub Inspector Firoz Ahmad Dar and five constables were in a Tata Sumo vehicle travelling towards Anantnag town when a group of at least five militants ambushed their vehicle and fired at the police party.

In the attack, all the policemen were killed. Soon Army and police cordoned off the area but the militants escaped. The attack took place 17 km from the spot in Arwani where an encounter between militants and security forces was in progress and barely 5 km from the Army’s Khandru camp, one of the most fortified installations in south Kashmir.
Officials said that the militants took away rifles from the slain policemen. Before fleeing, the militants are believed to have disfigured the bodies of the cops by firing on them from close range.

J&K Director General of Police S P Vaid told The Indian Express that militants ambushed the vehicle of SHO Achabal at Thajiwara. “They fired at the policemen from very close range and later escaped with five AK-47 rifles,’’ Vaid said, adding that the militants were the local Lashkar-e-Toiba module operating in the area.

The slain policemen have been identified as Feroz Ahmed Dar of Dogripora, Pulwama; constable Shariq Ahmed; constable Tasveer Ahmed (both from Budgam); constable Sharaz Ahmed (Achabal); Mohammed Asif and Sabzar Ahmed of Anantnag. Dar had been posted in Achabal four months ago.

Meanwhile, the Lashkar-e-Toiba spokesman called a local news agency in Srinagar and accepted responsibility for this attack. Police said it seems they wanted to take revenge of the Arwani encounter in which their local commander Junaid Mattoo is believed to have died. J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed “deep anguish” over the killing of civilians and policemen across the Valley over the past 24 hours. She said that violence and the killing of innocent would only push the state towards destruction and uncertainty rather than peace.

“Terrible news about SHO Achabal & his colleagues, all brave JK Police personnel. May their souls rest in peace,’’ former J&K CM Omar Abdullah tweeted. “That they were killed is bad enough, that they were disfigured is dastardly, cowardly & to my recollection unprecedented in recent years.’’

On May 28, in a similar attack on the cash van of J&K bank, militants killed five policemen and two private security guards in neighbouring Kulgam’s Pumai village.

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  1. R
    Jun 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm
    Where are the flag bearers of human rights now ???? Who are always on the side of a militants when they are killed by our security forces.
    1. N
      Nasir khan
      Jun 18, 2017 at 8:01 am
      Sharif was from tangmarg baramulla not budgam
      1. C
        Jun 18, 2017 at 1:20 am
        So said, the polish and army are ambushed several times and freedom strugglers are also fired but instead, freedom struggles movement, slow down, it is expanding much fast. There is also not a solution to declare them terrorist, they are counting them as heros of independent and the freedom struggling is expanding. The media is showing one side but social media is showing their freedom struggle and two side vision are showing, where their protest for freedom demand are restricted by force, they are disarmed, use stones. There should be early solution of valley problem, before it further expand.
        1. P
          Jun 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm
          It is high time that govt should give instruction to Indian Cricket team not to parti te in the final slated for tomorrow. This is the least we could do for the departed /killed souls after all cricket is not every thing for our nation.Put the nation above the sport.
          1. K
            Kamal Pasha
            Jun 17, 2017 at 11:53 am
            When the security people are kiled by freedom fighters, the police mutulated their dead bodies and put blame the freedom fighters. This trick has become very common. Shame on Hindi police and soldiers for doing this inhuman tricks.
            1. I
              Indian patriot
              Jun 17, 2017 at 11:29 pm
              Freedom fighters, my ass! We know what freedom you have for your own people in POK. A case of the pot calling the kettle black!
            2. V
              Jun 17, 2017 at 11:37 am
              You mohammed.....why cant you understand the reality......kashmir is a very small part of this mighty you think we will let kashmir or any other part of india to let go....dont fool yourself and also the poor day will come every indian will march to kashimir to throw the terror sympathisers out of our country..if the same think wisely... dia has the largest muslim population in the never go by muslim legalise the terror..
              1. K
                Kamal Pasha
                Jun 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                Vijay : Keep on dreaming. Not only Kashmir, but every state of India will become independent very soon.
              2. S
                Shafted mohammed
                Jun 17, 2017 at 11:02 am
                Rest In Peace brace heart , your death would be avenged by killing atleast 60 soldiers in Kashmir in coming months. Inshallah this would definitely happen.
                1. D
                  DR MISS
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 10:17 am
                  I deeply request to ur Indian s forces to kill terrorists v brutally end terrorism in nation All citizens can go peacefully to any part of nation from Dr Miss Anju Bhattacharyya Army will clean terrorists in j k
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