A high alert has been sounded in Jammu and Kashmir after terrorists abducted as many as 11 family members of police personnel, including few police in South Kashmir during last three days. The abductions were carried out after the terrorists raided houses of many policemen in the Kashmir Valley.
This comes a day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Syed Shakeel Ahmad, who is the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin. The arrest was made on Thursday morning after the NIA raided Shakeel’s house in Rambagh area of Srinagar. He was arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a terror-funding case.
The abduction reportedly took place in Shoipan, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora in Kashmir. Sources privy to the matter say all the abducted persons are relatives of police personnel working in Jammu and Kashmir.
Even when the security forces were working their strategy to recover the hostages safely, a statement purportedly issued by Hizbul operational commander Riyaz Naikoo, on the social media said that henceforth the militants would follow “an eye for an eye policy”. “Policemen are advised in their own interest to give up their jobs or be prepared to face the worst,” Naikoo, whose father was arrested by police two days back, said.
The abducted relatives of policemen include two brothers of police officers and nine sons. Reacting to the development, former state Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah tweeted: “11 abductions! This is a very worrying reflection of the situation in the valley. “What’s worse is the selective outrage — people/leaders who are so vocal about alleged security force excesses are silent about these abductions.”