Srinagar: After the abduction and killing of two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a constable by the terrorists in Shopian district of south Kashmir, four SPOs and a constable resigned from their posts on Friday. Meanwhile, a search operation is underway in the region. (ALSO READ – Jammu And Kashmir: Martyrdom of Three Soldiers Will be Avenged, Says BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain)Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir Administration Takes Back Premises of Kashmir Press Club Amid Factionalism

SPOs Shabir Ahmad Thoker and Tajalla Hussain along with constable Mohd Irshad Baba announced resignation from their jobs as a fallout of the brutal murders of Jammu and Kashmir policemen by Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists earlier in the day. As per reports, Operational Commander of the terrorist outfit, Riyaz Naiko, had a few days before warned the state police, especially SPOs, to resign from their posts. Also Read - Jammu And Kashmir Extends COVID Curbs; Night, Weekend Curfews Imposed. Details Here

Three Jammu and Kashmir policemen were abducted by the terrorists from Shopian district in South Kashmir earlier on Thursday night. Their bodies were recovered from an orchard in Wangam area on Friday. However, police officials still remain tight-lipped in connection with the matter. Also Read - Earthquake of 5.3 Magnitude Strikes Jammu and Kashmir, Tremors Felt Across Valley

Those killed have been identified as constable Nissar Ahmed and two special police officers – Firdous Ahmed and Kulwant Singh – from Kapren and Heepora areas of Shopian district.

Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti took to Twitter to condemn the killings. “Three more policemen have lost their lives to militant bullets. Outrage, shock and condemnation will be expressed by all of us on expected lines. Unfortunately, it brings no solace to the families of the victims,” Mufti said in a tweet.

In another tweet, she attacked the Centre and said, “Clearly, with the rise in kidnapping of police personnel and their families, Centre’s muscular policy is not working at all. Dialogue, the only way forward seems to be a distant dream for now.”

On the other hand, IGP Kashmir, SP Pani, said that the accused will be brought to justice. “It is a cowardice act. We assure that action will be taken. The investigation is on, we shall bring the accused to justice,” he said.

This is not the first time that such an incident has been reported from the state. Nearly three weeks before, the terrorists had abducted and released relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir while, earlier in July, the police had recovered the body of a constable Javaid Ahmad. He was abducted by militants from his home in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

In June, an Army jawan Aurangzeb was abducted and killed by terrorists in Pulwama while he was on his way back home to celebrate Eid with his family. His bullet-riddled body was found in the outside of the district hours after a massive search operation was launched.