Srinagar: At Salani village in Mendhar, 250 kilometres from Srinagar, anger has overtaken grief at the home of rifleman Aurangzeb, killed by terrorists in south Kashmir on June 14, just when he was returning home from his formation to celebrate Eid. The friends and family members of Rifleman Aurangzeb have come together at his home in Mendhar to pray for him and remember him.
Mohammad Kiramat and Mohammamd Taj are among 50 people who left lucrative jobs in Saudi Arabia to return permanently to Salani village, to join police and army for avenging the death of their friend and fellow villager Rifleman Aurangzeb.
“When we heard about the killing of brother Aurangzeb, we left Saudi Arabia the same day, and forcibly got ourselves relieved from the job. It can’t be done on the spot, but we managed somehow. 50 youth from this village returned with me. The only mission is to avenge the death of Aurangzeb”, said Mohammad Kiramat.
Aurangzeb’s murder was followed by the killing of two policemen and a CRPF jawan when they were home on leave. There is a sense of disbelief at the home of Naseer Rather, the CRPF jawan killed in Pulwama on July 29. “He was just doing his job. He didn’t face any threat, neither there was any indication that he would be targeted,” a relative said.
What has made things worse is that terrorists have warned special police officers to announce their resignations.
Militants attacking local men in forces
- Sources say successful anti-terror operations have frustrated terrorists and a series of brutal killings of local security forces personnel is a ploy to demoralise them and block human intelligence gathering.
- After Aurangzeb’s murder, a sort of a pattern has emerged in the valley. Security personnel on leave are being selectively targeted. ‘A comprehensive strategy need to be evolved to counter this tactic,’ say experts.