Srinagar: Terrorists shot dead Inspector Mohd Asharf Dar at his residence in Pulwama, said ANI on Wednesday evening. More details were awaited. Earlier, terrorists had fired at constable Muhammad Yaqoob Shah in Louswani village of Pulwama district in the afternoon. “The injured policeman was shifted to hospital where he succumbed to critical injuries,” said a police officer. (Also read: Stone-pelters Mar Eid Festivities in Srinagar)

In yet another similar incident, terrorists had killed a policeman in Zazripora village of Shopian district. That is three similar cases on the same day. Terrorists had opened fire at Fayaz Ahmed Shah, a constable in Jammu and Kashmir Police, outside an Eidgah when he was leaving after Eid prayers. The 34-year-old constable is survived by his mother, widow and two daughters. Police have registered a case in the connection.  The festive mood of Eid turned into mourning at Shah’s residence.  The family was inconsolable when his body wrapped in tricolour was brought to their residence. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at district police lines Kulgam where officers led by Senior Superintendent of Police Harmeet Singh paid floral tributes to the police official, reported Zee. Director General of Police SP Vaid said, “It only shows the frustration of terrorists who are resorting to such a cowardly act of attacking an unarmed policeman.”

This spate of violence comes in the wake of the killing of Shabir Ahmad Bhat, a Bharatiya Janata Party worker, in Pulwama on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Satyapal Malik, the newly appointed Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, will be administered the oath of office on Thursday, ending the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post, officials said. Malik will be the first career politician to assume the position after Karan Singh, who held the office from 1965 to 1967. Malik, former governor of Bihar, arrived in Srinagar on Wednesday.