New Delhi: No incident of abduction took place in Ganderbal, said K Poswal, SSP on the reports on the kidnappings of relatives of policemen in south Kashmir. “No such incident has taken place in Ganderbal. We have verified from the ground & I myself have done an inspection this morning, everything is absolutely normal,” K Poswal told ANI.
Earlier in the day, it was reported that the terrorists had on Thursday kidnapped nine persons connected directly or indirectly with the local police force after raiding their homes in Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and other areas of south Kashmir. Militants abducted two more relatives of Jammu and Kashmir policemen on Friday taking the number to 11 within the last three days, an official said.
Even as the security forces are working to free the hostages, a statement, appears to be issued by Hizbul operational commander Riyaz Naikoo on the social media, said that the militants would now follow “an eye for an eye policy”. “Police has compelled us to follow the course of an eye for an eye and an ear for an ear,” he said.
Naikoo, whose father was arrested two days ago, also “advised” the policemen to give up their jobs in their own interest or “be prepared to face the worst.” The abducted relatives of policemen include two brothers of police officers and nine sons.
Since Thursday, the militants allegedly abducted Zubair Ahmad, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmad, son of a policeman from Kharpora, Kulgam; Sumar Ahmad Rather, son of a policeman from Yaripora, Kulgam; and Gowhar Ahmad, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Katapora, Kulgam.
The security forces have begun a massive hunt to trace the abducted people. Reports here said a high-level security meeting was held by the top brass of security forces on Thursday evening.