The state police have promoted the group of its 33 members who were involved in killing of the top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Abu Qasim last Thursday.
The director general of police K Rajendra Kumar announced 16 out-of-turn promotions to the policemen, besides elevating 17 special police officers as constables. The police chief also gave out some monetary awards to his men.
Kumar was accompanied by inspector general of police SJM Gillani, deputy inspector general of police Nitish Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Awantipora, Irshad Hussain, SSP Shopian Altaf Khan and SSP Islamabad Abdul Jabbar.
The killing of Abu Qasim, 28, is being touted as a significant success in anti-militancy operations in the state.
Qasim – the 18th militant to be killed in Kashmir in less than two months – was the man suspected to be behind the Udhampur attack in which two BSF men were killed, the 2013 Hyderpora ambush that left eight soldiers dead, and the recent killing of the decorated police officer, inspector Altaf Ahmed.