J&K cop abducted, killed by militants; terror outfits trying to undermine the morale of security forces

New Delhi: On Thursday, a policeman was kidnapped by terrorists in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. His bullet-ridden body was found on Friday morning.

The incident comes a few days after an army soldier, Aurangzeb, was abducted by terrorists in Pulwama district and shot dead. The soldier, on leave for Eid, was travelling in a car to Shopian when terrorists blocked his way.

Since the imposition of Governor’s rule in J&K after the BJP parting ways with the PDP on June 19, militants have targeted four members of the security forces.

According to the officials, terrorists are intentionally targeting local cops and soldiers to undermine their morale. “In the recent past, the J&K police personnel have passed on several pieces of crucial information regarding militants’ hideout to the army, following which operations were carried out. So, the militants are now targeting them. The message is clear: Don’t play informers,” said a senior J&K police officer.

Reprisals

They are also picking officers who were involved in anti-terror operations in the past which terror commanders were killed as revenge.

Wani death anniversary

Security agencies are on their toes on the eve of the second death anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was killed on July 8, 2016.

Wani’s killing had sparked mass street protests, with hundreds joining the ranks of the militants in the Kashmir Valley. Intelligence agencies have received inputs that militants might carry out fresh recruitment in south Kashmir, particularly in the Tral area of Pulwama.

NSA reviews situation

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval is monitoring the situation. On Wednesday evening, the NSA and union Home Secretary, along with Governor NN Vohra’s three advisers, held a security review meeting that was attended by senior army, police and CRPF officials. The meeting deliberated on the militancy scenario in the Valley and the state’s preparedness ahead of Wani’s death anniversary.

Arms dump unearthed

Meanwhile, the Army unearthed an arms dump in a forest area in Poonch district and Kashmir and recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 11 IEDs.

Besides the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), the seizure included some Pakistani currency, two AK assault rifles, three pistols, three rounds of rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and four Chinese hand grenades, said a senior officer.

The recovery was made from a forest near the Line of Control (LoC) in Mendhar sector during a search operation, which was launched on specific information.

The arms were smuggled from across the border and dumped in the forest area for subsequent use, the officer said, adding that the recovery was a major breakthrough.


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