Spike in home attacks, J&K policemen told to stay away for now

In the latest incidents, suspected militants barged into the homes of two policemen in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and asked them to leave their jobs.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: April 17, 2017 8:31 am
kashmir, kashmir violence, kashmir unrest, kashmir policemen, kashmir policement attacked, kashmir policemen homes, india news Jammu and Kashmir policemen at the police headquarters in Srinagar. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

With militants continuing to target the houses of policemen in the Valley — two more attacks were reported Saturday night — J&K Police have asked their men to stop visiting their homes “for the next few months”, especially in south Kashmir. “Police personnel, especially from south Kashmir, are advised to exercise extreme caution while visiting their homes. They should preferably avoid visiting their homes for the next few months,” states a communication sent to all officers from the J&K DGP’s office Sunday.

On March 30, The Indian Express reported on how militants had barged into the houses of at least five police officers in south and central Kashmir that month, threatened their family members, damaged household items and warned them to quit the force or face the consequences.

In the latest incidents, suspected militants barged into the homes of two policemen in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and asked them to leave their jobs.

In Hajipora village, suspected militants barged into the house of a policeman, assaulted him and broke the windowpanes of the building. They also asked the policeman to announce his resignation from the loudspeaker of the local mosque, said sources.

At Meldoora village, masked militants barged into the home of another policeman and ransacked his house. The policeman was not home at the time but the militants asked his family to tell him to quit his job.

“…Their (police personnel) personal security is of paramount importance,” states the police advisory.

Describing the advisory as a “matter most urgent”, the DGP’s office has also directed all officers to brief their colleagues about it. “All the unit heads are directed to brief their officers and men regarding this impending threat and ensure that the life and property of police personnel is well secured,” states the advisory.

Confiming that the advisory was issued, DGP S P Vaid told The Indian Express: “Why not take precautions? If terrorists are targetting policemen, why should they not take precautions?”

Last year, during the unrest in the Valley following the killing of militant Burhan Wani, posters had surfaced against some police officers in their home localities with messages asking them to stop “troubling” those taking part in or spearheading the protests.

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  1. B
    Apr 17, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    Some mosques have been the rallying point for the terrosists and Mulla's of these are active in anti India hysteria.These should be identified and closed till normalcy returns.
    1. I
      Apr 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm
      we gave kashmiri so much love and what do they give in return. The Papistan is radicalizing kashmiris. stan in their backyard are fighting radical islamist but want to radicalize Kashmiris. Kashmiris should note that. papistan didn;t hesitated to kill 300 terrorists after 200 children were killed in stan. On one had they say people of stan has good friendly relations with indians but they dont want kashmiris to have good relations. That prooves stans dirty game. SHARE IF YOU LIKE SHARE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE stan is dirtiest country in the world. On one hand they say they are worried about kashmiri musalmaan on other hand they have no problem with friends Russia who killed 2 lakh muslims in syria. IN united nation China(Dear friend of papistan) six time VETOED the resolution to stop killing in syria . SHARE THIS. as much as possible
      1. K
        Kamal Pasha
        Apr 17, 2017 at 11:38 am
        All these comments are rubbish and waste of time for all.
        1. Mahender Goriganti
          Apr 17, 2017 at 10:18 am
          Just declare all of Kashmir as war zone, evacuate all handover to Army to administer for 10 years. Declare limited emergency to control political & religious goons and con journalists & papers
          1. Chandu Shah
            Apr 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm
            That is a very good idea
          2. T
            Apr 17, 2017 at 10:00 am
            Feku56 show in Kashmir Indian security is no less capable than Chinese in crushing terrorists, let Human Right activists stay confined to the safety of their homes
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