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Police informers living under the fear of gun

These informers now live life under the constant fear of becoming target of terrorists, reports Deepak Khajuria.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2007 16:22 IST

Informers who play a vital role in helping security forces in counter insurgency operations in strife-torn J&K now find themselves cheated by security agencies and are forced to spend their time fearing the wrath of terrorists.

These informers now live life under the constant fear of becoming target of terrorists. Adding to their woes are broken promises made to them by security agencies for helping them conduct operations against terrorists.

Mohammad Shafi, son of Sainan of village Lencha in upper reaches of Gool Udhampur, now residing in a rental accommodation in Janipur area of Jammu is unaware what his and his family's fate would be.

Shafi, along with two family members played a vital role on December 9, 2006 in the elimination of dreaded Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) Divisional Commander.

Mohammed Shafi along with his brother Nazir Ahmed and brother-in-law Noor Hussain had helped security forces in eliminating Mohammed Sharief alias Hekmatayar, HM Divisional Commander, who was a close aide of another dreaded terrorist Billo Gujjar who was killed in September 4, 2006. The duo was responsible for various terrorism related incidents in the area.

IGP Jammu Zone SP Vaid had later claimed killing the wanted terrorist in a joint operation with army. Deputy Superintendent of police Randeep Singh headed the operation.

Mohammed Shafi who acted as a conduit for police in eliminating the terrorist told HT, "DySP (Operations) Gool Randeep Singh assured us that we would be rewarded with an amount of Rs 5 lakh and provided jobs in police as constables."

But to his dismay Mohammed Shafi has received only Rs 1 lakh from the promised amount of Rs 5 lakh. Promises of job too were not kept

Shafi also had to abandon his house and is now displaced after he received threats to his life by terrorists.

Mohammed Shafi who has written a letter to the Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Director General of Police Gopal Sharma says he and his family find themselves in a catch 22 situation after the broken promises of the police.

"I helped police eliminate the most dreaded militants in the area. But now my and my family's life is at risk. I helped police hope I would get a job and secure my family," added Shafi.

When contacted IGP Jammu Zone, S P Vaid said, "We have recommended the release of the promised reward to these people. It is our commitment to look after the promises my subordinates made to these informers."

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First Published: Jan 30, 2007 16:22 IST