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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First Published on: April 17, 2017 4:45 am
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    Bhola
    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.
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      IndiaFIrst
      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
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        Kamal Pasha
        Apr 17, 2017 at 11:38 am
        All these comments are rubbish and waste of time for all.
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          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
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            Chandu Shah
            Apr 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm
            That is a very good idea
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            TIHAEwale
            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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              laxman
              Apr 17, 2017 at 9:58 am
              forces committing heii nous rrapes and murrders in kashmir - immediate demiliterisation be ordered - or UN observers to placed - else disaster bound to happen
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                George Cruz
                Apr 17, 2017 at 10:18 am
                Yes, the disaster will happen when the Indian armed forces take over just like they did in 1947 and shoot at sight the misguided Islamic Jihadists. Most of these Jihadists are craving for 72s
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                Indian
                Apr 17, 2017 at 9:57 am
                Shame on you Indian express still pictures buhran bani as Millitent. He was terrorist. Why don't you guys declare your allegiance to stan.
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                  KAPIL DEV
                  Apr 17, 2017 at 9:38 am
                  till when all pseudos net work is not blasted and traitor like farooq abdlah and kanahya are walking free in india inciting terrorist to throw pelt on military are not killed there can not be peace not only in kashmir but in w india . i fail to see any country flag is burnt and Napunsak govt. is silent fear from pseudo traitors threat is not fit for rule . aditya nath yogi be made defence minister otherwise coward military who is awaiting orders should revolt against authorities for not allowing them to shoot at sight to terrorist . our judiciary is also responsible who interfere in military action whether to shoot or not and which kind of weapon to use dis pelt stoning terrorist. judiciary work is to interpret law and enforce in and not to interfere in military working . donald trump not took the permission to use mother bomb against terrorist ?
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                    Rajesh
                    Apr 17, 2017 at 9:24 am
                    Very sad Modi government is not doing enough and getting carried away by Congress and moral less National conference.
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                      laxman
                      Apr 17, 2017 at 8:55 am
                      similarly all forces should stop visiting their homes or resign - best solution is freedom to kashmir - how long we can hold on somebody freedom
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                        common man
                        Apr 17, 2017 at 9:10 am
                        Why don't you shift to Kashmir & fight for their cause.
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                          George Cruz
                          Apr 17, 2017 at 9:19 am
                          The J&K is and has been an integral part of India for the last 65 years. The democratic/secular India has given lots of freedom to the misguided Kashmir separatists and their freedom may come to an end.
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                          George Cruz
                          Apr 17, 2017 at 8:43 am
                          The government should impose military rule which is equivalent of the US martial law in the Kashmir Valley because most of the Kashmir separatists and the terror groups are working under the direction of ISI agents from Islamic Caliphate next door. This is the new strategy to kill the PDP/BJP alliance by the NC leaders like Abdullah and amounts to practically Pak terrorists in J&K at the invitation of Abdullahs. The misguided Muslim separatists who commit anti-national activities should be shot dead at sight.
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                            Drzenda
                            Apr 17, 2017 at 8:35 am
                            time to declare president's rule and & settle 5 million mainland Indians there or shift 5 million from Jammu to Kashmir. from mainlnd India to Jammu
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                              Mahender Goriganti
                              Apr 17, 2017 at 7:17 am
                              The only way to control this terrorism, Jihad culture & separatist issues is to kill any hope of & zero chance of its success Solution is to declare Kashmir as war zone, handover to Army for next 10 years, let all other Indians to settle there and evacuate or kill any who refuse to leave Kashmir. It will also kill rest of India Jihad mindset and terrorism at much less cost.
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                                Aadis
                                Apr 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm
                                How Terrorism is happening there ? Why simply arguing without knowing the root cause of it ?
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                                Prashant Rangarh
                                Apr 17, 2017 at 6:38 am
                                India is loosing Kashmir
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                                  Mongolian the Brave
                                  Apr 17, 2017 at 7:24 am
                                  Sure, naturally its not the part of India, fresh water need to run its own in valley, don't muddle it in Kahsmir fresh water, left Kashmir to go down and take bath in Ganaga.
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                                    George Cruz
                                    Apr 17, 2017 at 8:48 am
                                    Not India but the misguided Kashmir separatists will lose their Kashmir and whatever the freedom they enjo because there will be military rule imposed in the Kashmir Valley. The military rule means that the local police stations will be replaced by the military bunkers.
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