Reyaz Rashid

Amid sobs and shrieks, two slain cops laid to rest in north Kashmir

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Killings highly reprehensible: Mehbooba

Rafiabad, Jun 12: As news about the death of two policemen, who were killed in a militant attack inside a court complex in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Monday night, reached their native places, large number of people thronged the residences of slain cops to participate in their funerals both at Wohlutra Rafiabad in Baramulla district and Gayal Lolab in north Kupwara district.

Witness said hundreds of mourners from different areas of Rafiabad, including men, women and children thronged in Wohlutra Rafiabad, the native village of one of the slain cops Ghulam Hassan Chopan.

Amid sobs and tears, 40-years-old Head Constable Ghulam Hassan Chopan was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard after his body reached home.

Chopan is survived by elderly parents and three sons and wife Misra Begum.

His body was laid to rest after guard of honour to mortal remains at his native village.

Another cop Manzoor Ahmad from nearby Shitloog village who was injured in the attack, is undergoing treatment in a Srinagar hospital.

A local Ishfaq Ahmed Chopan described Ghulam Hassan “a people-friendly policeman, who would always help locals and everybody in the village is in tears as they have lost a humble and sober neighbor.”

“Killing a Muslim is who is earning for his family is no Jahad. Why did they kill my father” What are they (militants) trying to convey?” asked slain cop’s elder son Sajad Ahmad Chopan.

Locals said the deceased was a pious man and would even lead Friday prayers in a local mosque .

Gulam Hassan Chopan along with another cop Ghulam Rasool Lone,  son of Mohammed Afazal of Gayal Lolab  in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, were killed after a group of militants attacked a police post guarding a court complex at Takiya Wangam in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district during early hours today. The militants also managed to take away two INSAS service rifles of the slain cops.

Witness said that hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayer of Lone also.

“People in Gayal bid tearful adieu to Lone and laid him to rest in his native graveyard,” they added.

Lone is survived by three sons and a daughter besides his wife.

People of the village urged both India and Pakistan to resume talks and let peace prevail in Kashmir so that bloodshed ends here.

“My husband was simply earning his livelihood and taking care of us. Was that his crime? What have the killers achieved now by killing him? Who will feed these orphans now?” says Halima Bagem, deceased cop’s wife.

Azhar Rasool, the younger son of slain constable is a student of 7th class, while as his another son Basit Rasool is student of 1st class and his lone daughter Misbah Rasool is studying in 4th standard.

Two policemen were killed on Tuesday in a pre-dawn militant attack in Pulwama district.

The militants launched an attack on the police guards at the Pulwama court complex.

“Two policemen were killed and one was injured in this attack. The militants escaped with the service rifles of the victims,” the police said.

Sources said that a group of militants opened fire upon the police post resulting in on-spot death of two guards and injury to another at Takiya Wagam opposite to Government Degree College Pulwama near Barpora Kareemabad.

The injured cop Manzoor Ahmad has been shifted to SMHS hospital for treatment, they said.

The deceased cops have been identified as Selection Grade Constables Ghulam Rasool and Ghulam Hassan.

Tuesday’s attack took place on the holiest Muslim night of ‘Shab-e-Qadra’ when devotees were praying whole night for penance and peace.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has strongly condemned the killing of two policemen in a pre-dawn attack at Pulwama today.

In a statement, the Chief Minister described the act as highly reprehensible which was committed in a night during which the entire Muslim Ummah was seeking forgiveness from Allah (SWT).

Mehbooba Mufti cautioned people against such incidents which have the potential of depriving them of the gains of the peace moves like suspension of security operations and dialogue offer undertaken by the State and Central governments recently.

According to an official press release, she asked people to stand guard of the positivity generated by these peace moves on the ground which has given them ample relief and ease.

The Chief Minister also conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families of the slain cops while praying for peace to the departed souls.

10 CRPF men injured in grenade attack in Anantnag

Srinagar, Jun 12: Ten paramilitary CRPF men were injured in a grenade attack by militants in Anantnag district of south Kashmir early today.

“Militants hurled a grenade on CRPF party at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag. Ten CRPF personnel got minor injuries,” a police spokesman said.

He said all the injured were shifted to hospital for treatment where their condition is stated to be stable.

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