Srinagar: Terrorists on Thursday kidnapped nine persons connected directly or indirectly with the local police force after raiding their homes in Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora. The raids and kidnappings came  a day after the local police force conducted multiple raids and arrested relatives of some terrorists in the area.

Reports said militants on Thursday evening 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 police didn’t give any official statement and said they were trying to ascertain reports of abductions. Officials said that at least five people have their family members working in the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Following the development, authorities have sounded a high alert across south Kashmir. The authorities also decided to launch a massive operation in south Kashmir areas to check the alarming trend of militants going after relatives of police personnel.

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.

The mass abductions were reported hours after the militants barged into the house of a policeman in Midoor village in Pulwama district and abducted his son Nasir Ahmad. “Militants abducted Nasir Ahmad Mir, son of Ghulam Hassan Mir, a policeman. A manhunt has been launched to trace the militants,” said a police source.

The mother of Nasir Ahmad, who was kidnapped on Thursday evening, appealed the terrorists to release their son and asked them to show mercy.