New Delhi: In what could stoke a fresh controversy, Jammu and Kashmir former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said that both the terrorists and security forces are victimising each other’s families. Taking it to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, she said, “Militants and forces victimising each other’s families is highly condemnable and marks a new low in our situation. Families shouldn’t become casualties and made to suffer for something they have little control over.”
Mufti remark comes after at least nine people, whose family members are working in the Jammu and Kashmir Police and the Army, have been kidnapped by terrorists from Shopian, Kulgam, Anantnag and Awantipora in the state on Thursday night. Militants abducted two more relatives of policemen on Friday taking the number to 11 within the last three days, an official said.
Reacting over the incident, former Chief Minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah also tweeted, “11 abductions! This is a very worrying reflection of the situation in the valley. He further said, “ What’s worse is the selective outrage — people/leaders who are so vocal about alleged security force excesses are silent about these abductions.”
Even when the security forces were working their strategy to recover the hostages safely, a statement purportedly issued by Hizbul operational commander Riyaz Naikoo, on the social media said that henceforth the militants would 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. Policemen are advised in their own interest to give up their jobs or be prepared to face the worst,” Naikoo, whose father was arrested by police two days back, said.
The abducted relatives of policemen include two brothers of police officers and nine sons.
Allegations were made that security forces went on a rampage on Wednesday after killing of four policemen in Shopian district and damaged some terrorist houses.
(With agency inputs)