The J&K Police have named 24 local militants in FIR in the Shopian policemen killings case.

The Tribune

The J&K Police have named 24 local militants in FIR in the Shopian policemen killings case. According to the FIR registered at the Shopian police station, the “act was done to intimidate the police persons and their family members, so as to keep them away from their duties”.

A group of armed militants swooped Kaprin and Batagund hamlets in Shopian around sunrise on Friday and abducted three cops — Nisar Ahmad Dhobi (38), Firdous Ahmad (28) and Kulwant Singh (35). A relative of a cop was also abducted. While the relative was set free, the militants shot dead the three cops in a nearby orchard. The J&K Police blamed the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) for the killings.

In the FIR, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the police have named 24 local militants, including Syed Naveed, a cop-turned-militant from Shopian.

“The police station received information through reliable sources that some active terrorists (the 24 militants in the FIR), having illegal arms and ammunition at the behest of Riyaz Naikoo, Hizbul Mujahideen commander, entered the houses of the policemen at Batagund and Kaprin and kidnapped them with an intent to kill. It was done to intimidate the police personnel and their family members, so as to keep them away from their duties,” the FIR reads.

Hizbul Mujahideen had recently issued threats to policemen and special police officers (SPOs) to quit their jobs or they would be targeted. The Friday killings sparked a series of resignations from frightened SPOs in south Kashmir. They released their videos on social networking sites to announce their resignation. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has called the reports of resignation propaganda.

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