Srinagar, Jan 7: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan to hold talks for the sake of people of state. Her statement comes a day after four policemen on patrol duty were killed in an IED blast in Sopore district. The responsibility of the attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Sarhad paar Pakistan ko bhi main guzarish karti hun, apne mulk ke wazire-e-azam ko bhi guzarish karti hun- Jammu Kashmir ke logon ko is daldal se nikalne ke liye, hamare jawano ki hifazat ke liye, aapas me sulah karo, baatcheet karo, dosti karo (I urge PM Modi and Pakistan to hold talks for the sake of the people of Jammu and Kashmir),” Mufti said in Anantnag.

The four personnel belonging to Indian Reserve Police-3rd battalion were on law and order duty in the township in north Kashmir, 50 kms from here, when the IED planted by militants in the market, which was shut due to a separatist sponsored strike, went off. Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Munir Khan said the use of IEDs by militants had ended since 2015 and the security forces will have to chalk out a new strategy in the wake of the blast.

The slain personnel were identified as assistant sub- inspector (ASI) Irshad Ahmad – a resident of Doda, Constable Ghulam Nabi – a resident of Rohama Rafiaabad area of Baramulla, Constable Parvaiz Ahmad – a resident of Vilgam, Handwara and Constable Mohammad Amin – a resident of Sogam, Kupwara.

Denouncing the killings, CM Mufti had urged the people to work shoulder to shoulder to break the “vortex of violence” in the state. “These young policemen were killed when they were on duty to protect the people in the town. It is highly unfortunate,” Mufti said. “Pained to hear that four policeman have been killed in an IED explosion in Sopore. My deepest condolences to their families,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: “Very sad news from #Sopore. May the four brave J&K police personnel killed in the line of duty today rest in peace.” On the other hand, J&K Congress chief GA Mir condemned the killing and claimed that the incident had exposed the “tall claims” of the Mehbooba government about the Kashmir situation being normal.