While the rest of India celebrated Eid al-Adha with religious fervour on Wednesday, Kashmir lost four of its sons who were killed by the terrorists on this auspicious day.
Out of these four, three were policemen while the other one was a BJP activist.
In south Kashmir’s Kulgam, under training police constable Fayaz Ahmad Shah was shot dead by terrorists when he was returning home after offering Eid prayers.
Shah, 34, was working with the Jammu and Kashmir Police as a Special Police Officer and had been given an out-of-turn promotion and selected as a constable.
He was undergoing training at Talwara in Jammu region and had come home.
Terrorists pumped bullets at Shah from a close range near his house. He died on the spot.
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A pall of gloom descended on the policeman’s native Zazripora village when the news of his death broke out.
The Eid festivities turned into mourning at Shah’s residence with his two minor daughters, aged five and two, unable to understand the sudden rush of people to their residence and the frequent breakdown of their mother and aged grandmother.
The family was inconsolable when his body wrapped in tricolour was brought to their residence.
A wreath laying ceremony was held at district police lines Kulgam where officers led by Senior Superintendent of Police Harmeet Singh paid floral tributes to the police official.
Director General of Police S P Vaid termed the incident a “dastardly act”.
“It only shows the frustration of terrorists who are resorting to such a cowardly act of attacking an unarmed policeman,” he said.
Mohammad Yaqoob Shah, another Special Police Officer identified as was shot at by terrorists in Pulwama district. He was declared brought dead at the hospital.
Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani led the police team to pay tributes to Shah at district police lines in Pulwama, another worst militancy-hit district.
The third policeman to be killed by terrorists on Eid was Mohd Asharf Dar.
Inspector Mohd Asharf Dar was shot dead at his residence in Pulwama by the terrorists.
In another incident, body of a BJP worker identified as Shabir Ahmad Bhat was found in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. He was reportedly kidnapped by suspected terrorists Tuesday night.
His bullet-riddled body was found in the fields at Rakh-e-Litter area of Kupwara, a police official said.
The incident evoked sharp reaction from BJP president Amit Shah who said extremists cannot stop the valley’s youths from choosing a better future and that the cycle of violence will not last long.
“Anguished to learn about the killing of BJP karyakarta, Shabir Ahmad Bhat by terrorists in Pulwama (J&K). This act of cowardice is highly condemnable. Extremists cannot stop the youth of Kashmir from choosing a better future for themselves. This cycle of violence won’t last long,” he tweeted.
(With agency inputs)