In Kashmir Valley, killing of a police inspector, two cops, and a politician marked the auspicious day of Eid. While several others, including few journalists, were injured in the clashes that erupted following the Eid prayers at morning.
In a series of attacks on policemen on the holy occasion, an inspector rank police officer became the fourth victim of suspected militants’ bullets by the end of Wednesday.
Identified as Mohd Ashraf Dar, a resident of Larve village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, was killed after gunmen barged into his house. Crediting to the multiple gunshots, the inspector died on the spot. Dar was posted in District Police Lines (DPL) Budgam.
On the day of celebrations, the first one to fall was a Special Police Officer (SPO) Fayaz Ahmad Shah, killed by suspected militants early on Wednesday morning. According to the police officials, he had gone to offer Eid prayers when he was shot.
Issuing a statement, police spokesperson said that the constable Shah, son of Abdul Rehman Shah, was on leave and had gone to offer Eid prayer.
The spokesman also added that the 34-years-old constable was a resident of Zaripora area of Kulgam district. He is survived by two minor daughters, aged 5 and 2 years, a wife and an aged mother.
Earlier on Tuesday, BJP worker Shabir Ahmad Bhat was abducted by suspected militants from Litter area of Pulwama. His bullet-ridden body was later found on the morning of the Eid. As per reports, the right-wing party worker was abducted on his way back home.
As the sun took over, another policeman Mohammad Yaqoob was attacked by suspected militants in Pulwama district of South Kashmir. As per the reports, he was shot at from a close range leaving him critically injured. He was rushed to a hospital, however, he succumbed to his injuries on way to Srinagar.
Yaqoob belonged to Louswani area of Pulwama and was shot at outside his residence.
However, Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid said that the two policemen (killed earlier) had ignored the advisory “issued time and again asking policemen not to go home without seeking permission and unprotected.”
He also added that the BJP worker who was abducted and killed by suspected militants had gone home without his personal security officer.
Expressing grief, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was at a loss of words “to condemn such a dastardly act on the occasion of Eid.”
“No party worker irrespective of his political affiliations deserves to be killed. Only way to end this senseless cycle of violence is to initiate a political process of reconciliation and dialogue,” she tweeted.
Other than the Khaki in blood, few intense clashes also erupted between government forces and youth, after the culmination of Eid prayers in Srinagar and Anantnag. Several people were injured in the ensuing clashes.
The injured included two journalists hailing from Anantnag and Srinagar.
Masrat Zahra, one of the injured journalists, received pellet injury on her forehead. Talking to The Kashmir Walla she admitted that she was stuck between protesters and government forces, “There was a loud boom and I realized it was pellets. I got nervous and was looking for my phone so that I could contact my friends,” she added.
Reports of clashes also came from Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and Kupwara district.
This Eid was one of the many like in past when death has knocked at people’s doors, leaving children orphaned, women widowed and parents childless. Kashmir valley has seen rise in attacks and killings in the recent years while there is no headway in any kind of peace talks between New Delhi, Islamabad and Srinagar. While the mayhem continued in South Kashmir, people across the Valley fulfilled the religious duties of the festival.