Switching tactics, militants target homes of police officers in Valley

The growing number of such attacks has left several officers perturbed with many, especially those living in south Kashmir, advising their family members to stay alert and take precautions.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: March 30, 2017 10:25 am
kashmir, kashmir militant attack, militant attack, police office home, house attack, kashmir protest, kashmir unrest, indian express news, india news Lal Chowk in Srinagar Wednesday where separatists called a strike to protest the killing of three youths. Source: Shuaib Masoodi

OVER THE last three weeks, militants in J&K have barged into the houses of at least five police officers in south and central Kashmir, threatened their family members and damaged household items before delivering this chilling message: quit your jobs or face the consequences.

The growing number of such attacks has left several officers perturbed with many, especially those living in south Kashmir, advising their family members to stay alert and take precautions.

“For us, this new trend is a matter of concern. I have alerted my parents to not open the door once it is dark. I have also given them some important telephone numbers to contact, in case there is a problem,’’ an officer posted in north Kashmir told The Indian Express.

On Tuesday evening, a group of militants barged into the house of a senior officer at Khudwani in south Kashmir and damaged household items. The militants also fired a few shots inside the compound before fleeing. The officer is currently posted as Additional Superintendent of Police in north Kashmir’s Bandipore district.

This incident comes a day after unidentified militants targeted the houses of two assistant sub-inspectors in Diaroo village, 7 km from Shopian town. Officials said that both policemen — Riyaz Ahmad Rather and Dilber Ahmad Rather — were not present in their homes at the time of these incidents.

” The militants came to our house and started searching for my father. I told them my father was not in the house. To buy the time, so that my family members could alert my father, I took them to a neighbouring place. While we were on the move, the militants went inside the house of another officer, Dilber Ahmad Rather, and tried to set fire to a vehicle parked in the compound. The militants also fired in the direction of the house and broke the window panes before leaving,’’ said the 16-year-old son of Riyaz Ahmad.

On March 25, the militants ransacked the house of an officer in Chadoora and set ablaze his car that was parked there. Then, they took away his son and nephew, setting them free later, set them free. The officer is currently posted at the Baramulla district jail.

On March 8, at least 10 gun-wielding militants vandalised the home of a senior officer in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. The militants also damaged electronic appliances and broke the window panes at the family residence of the DySP-rank officer currently posted in Srinagar.

When contacted, DIG (South Kashmir), S P Pani, said, “The police have acted and started investigations. This will not lost long.’’

Last year, during the unrest in the Valley, 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.

In December, Hizbul Mujahideen militant Zakir Rashid Bhat had warned family members of policemen in a video message that they would be attacked if police “continue to harass” relatives of militants.

”You (police) have committed a big mistake by harassing our families, by involving our families… If you touch our families, we will not spare your families. You think your families are in Jammu so they are safe. Even if your families are in Kanyakumari, we have the capacity to kill them there,” Bhat warned in the message.

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    Amar Akbar
    Mar 30, 2017 at 3:13 am
    Muslim Terrorists are called alleged militants by pressutes.
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      Devu
      Mar 30, 2017 at 2:48 am
      Militants ?!! Seriously ? lt;br/gt; It feels like I am reading stan newspaper.
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        Romik
        Mar 30, 2017 at 2:10 am
        Need to stop this. Need surgical strike within and we need weed ot the bad guys. You attacka security officer or family ina NAY way gt; then you can be shot .
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          Sambit Patra
          Mar 30, 2017 at 5:49 am
          Killing all youth between 18-30 is the answer - the way Naxalism was routed from Bengal and Khalistanis from Punjab, the way China is dealing in Xinxiang. No mercy, stone in hand and send them to 72 hories.
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            Sambit Patra
            Mar 30, 2017 at 5:50 am
            You tasted?
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              Vik
              Mar 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm
              Need to hit terrorists and their families hard.
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                Tam.ilanda
                Mar 30, 2017 at 5:06 am
                That is an excellent idea by Kashmeres!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Keep up the momentum.
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                  kris
                  Mar 30, 2017 at 8:20 am
                  lets finish this once and for all - potion transfer of muslims to stan and hindus to india, and follow chenab formula, with india having acces to ladakhlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;but will stan accept indian muslims?
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                    Anmol
                    Mar 30, 2017 at 4:12 am
                    Well I don't know when Indian express got so confused and started calling them militants .I don't know which logic does Indian express used to justify this miss representation of facts but they need to really understand A terrorist is a terrorist ,and a proclaimed motivation does not characterize or justify their action but actions characterize their there motivations and goals.I hope they realize this.
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                      gopi
                      Mar 30, 2017 at 2:03 am
                      your opinion has no ground.
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                        kjingar
                        Mar 30, 2017 at 4:57 am
                        The police must do a for tat.
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                          Mahender Goriganti
                          Mar 30, 2017 at 1:37 am
                          Time to declare Kashmir as war zone, evacuate all in to camps, handover administration to army for next 10 years. shoot at site o all left over. Jail convicted outside Kashmir. Bulldoze all dwelling in those 4 instincts. Allow any patriotic Indian rrom other states to settle
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                            pravin g
                            Mar 30, 2017 at 8:18 am
                            this seems start of civil war is burhan wanis hunting from grave - it seems safron chaddi govt days numbered
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                              shiravanthe sridhar
                              Mar 30, 2017 at 7:13 am
                              Porkis are stone age barbarians.
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                                shiravanthe sridhar
                                Mar 30, 2017 at 7:12 am
                                The excellent reply will be you kill 10 of them for each of police family members.
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                                  KAPIL DEV
                                  Mar 30, 2017 at 4:04 am
                                  IT is coward ness and impotence of the govt that families of armed forces are perturbed over the existing condition of valley. if military is not safe and its hand are chained how can they fight STAN AND TERRORISM?.MILITARY is helpless . if the govt give military free hand dealing with separatists irrespective of pseudos barking they will controll the situation in no time ?
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                                    KAPIL DEV
                                    Mar 30, 2017 at 4:21 am
                                    It is a ber NEHRU and congress who allowed separatist muslim to allow them in INDIA . HINDUSTAN WAS DIVIDED in two parts one for hindu and other for muslim stan . nehru gave razor in the hands of monkey giving them right to vote which they are misusing as lon as there is democracy in the country the terrorist muslim problem can not be sold . if in stan military often over throw the govt why not in india a military raj to deal with such grave critical problem ?
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                                      Mano
                                      Mar 30, 2017 at 5:40 am
                                      It's going to be very soon. The kashmirii youths would fight for their schools, education, and future opportunities to serve. They would throw stones at their coercive separatist mentors. Allah would give them the strength. Currently their family who are weakened by the sharia system are letting down the youths. The entire battle for kashmir is done by wasting the blood of the youths be it in stan side or kashmir side. There should be so much shame that no word should come out of mouth. But these stani mentors and separatists have lost all shame and bring shame to allah. I wonder how people like burhan are giving so much respect to these people like Hafiz instead of looking at them with shame for mis-leading youths. The sharia system is so biased to married and child producing couples and has no respect for its youths. Parading their youths through the streets during protests and encouraging them to wave flags is the arrogance of the sharia system. The indian caste system is far better where atleast it provides opportunity for youths to perform work or learn, not waste opportunities by parading youths through streets, pelting stones, ..etc. Allah would respect indian caste system over sharia system based on the opportunity it provides youths to perform and contribute to society.
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                                        lookman
                                        Mar 30, 2017 at 12:49 am
                                        TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO KICK OUT ALL THE STAN-LOVERS FROM THE VALLEY NEVER TO RTURN TAKE A CUE FROM THE TINY MYANMAR WHICH SOLVED THE POBLEM OF ROHINGYAS ONCE AND FOR ALL. DO NOT BE BROW-BEATEN BY THEIR LOUD CRIES WHICH ARE CRIES OF THE COWARDS.
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                                          Sumit
                                          Mar 30, 2017 at 11:13 am
                                          Go the Putin way if they touch service personnel family start targeting their family. This is the only way to tackle this nuisance.
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                                            Swadeshi
                                            Mar 30, 2017 at 11:48 am
                                            It seems there is m scale transit is going to happen of peace ful people to Houri land ...fun feel days ahead with indian ar my will bur n their as*
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