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Frustrated militants targeting policemen, says J-K DGP Vaid  

SP Vaid said the police would the challenge from militants who were attacking them out of frustration, but called the assaults “the murder of humanity and Kashmiriyat”.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2017 09:55 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police SP Vaid lays a wreath on the coffin of policeman Shahzad Dilawar Sofi at police headquarters in Srinagar,on June 16, 2017.(Waseem Andrabi/HT Photo )

The escalation in militant attacks on Jammu and Kashmir police personnel is because of the “frustration” of the ultras, director general of police SP Vaid said on Friday, asserting that necessary measures would be taken to prevent them from carrying such acts.

“We will take necessary measures. This is the frustration of the militants. Whether a militant is killed or a civilian or a cop, it is the Kashmiri who dies. The bloodshed will not take us anywhere, it is only the murder of humanity,” the DGP told reporters here.

He said the militants were targeting the local police as it was fighting them with eagerness.

“The local police works on the anti-militancy front with eagerness, that is why they (militants) are targeting them (police). But I am sure that we will control this soon,” the DGP said.

Earlier, Vaid led civil, police and security forces’ officers and jawans at DPL Srinagar in laying floral wreaths on the mortal remains of the constable Shazad Dilawar Sofi, resident of Ashtengoo village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, who was killed in militant firing in Hyderpora area of Srinagar on Thursday.

The DGP termed the constable’s killing as “murder of humanity and Kashmiriyat”.

“This is the murder of humanity and Kashmiriyat, for which our neighbouring country is using our people for its geo-political purposes,” Vaid said.

He said the cop and a youth killed allegedly in security forces’ firing in Rangreth area of city were related to each other.

“They are cousins, belonging to the same family and the same village. That is why I am saying that the people here are being used as pawns,” the DGP said.

Asked about militants warning of attacks on policemen, the top cop said, “We will face that (challenge)”.

First Published: Jun 16, 2017 21:44 IST