Ten policemen resign in Jammu and Kashmir in two days after fresh wave of attacks on cops

Oct 30th, 2018 | Category: Kashmir News

On 31 November last year, security forces zeroed in on the village of Futlipora minutes after four militants entered into a house for hiding. After long gun battle, which started in the evening and continued till the next day afternoon, three militants were killed while one managed to escape. But, Mohammad Lateef Bhat, a resident of the same village, had decided to continue in the state police. On Sunday, however, he suddenly posted a video on his Facebook account announcing his resignation. His announcement came two days after militants shot at and injured a special police officer (SPO) in Chrawani area of Budgam in the Kashmir valley.

In Kashmir, at least 10 SPOs have reportedly resigned so far in the past two days after militants critically injured the SPO in Charwani and killed an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) on Sunday.

Futlipora area in central Kashmir has not seen any encounters after the one in November 2017. Lateef and four other SPOs in this village resigned fearing that they could be killed or attacked. Their resignations mark a new trend in Kashmir region with the movement of militants even being noticed in central Kashmir, which was being considered as a peaceful area so far contrary to southern part of Kashmir, where encounters are frequent as youth in large numbers join militancy.

A few kilometres away from Lateef’s home, another SPO, Hilal Ahmad Dar, of Zinpanchal area of Budgam, also announced his resignation on Facebook. “From now onwards, I have no relation with police, neither do I want to work in police,” he says in the video.

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