A special police officer (SPO), who was abducted by terrorists on Friday evening, was released on Saturday, according to police.
SPO Mudasir Ahmad Lone, who was abducted by militants from Chantakar village in Tral area of Pulwama district, was released alive and has reached his home, police sources said.
The mother of the abducted SPO had made a passionate appeal to the militants through a video that went viral to spare her son's life who was her only male child.
The SPO was working as a cook in Awantipora Police Lines and had no role in anti-militancy operations.
Earlier on July 20, a trainee constable Saleem was abducted from his residence in Mutalhama area of Kulgam, while he was on a leave. His bullet-riddled body, bearing severe torture marks, was recovered later. He was the second policeman to be killed by terrorists in South Kashmir in July.
On July 5, constable Javaid Ahmad Dar, who was also at home on leave was abducted from Vehil, Shopian. His body was found in Kulgam next day.