India on Friday lost its six courageous sons as militants ambushed a police party at Achabal in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. Also, in the shameful and cowardly act, the militants who ambushed the police party disfigured the faces of the six cops slain in the attack before walking away with their weapons, news agency PTI reported quoting police. A sub-inspector, identified as Pulwama-resident Feroz, a driver and four other policemen, who were on a routine round in their jeep, died in the attack, Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI.
Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba is believed to be behind the ambush, a senior police official said, adding they wanted to take revenge for the Arwani encounter in which their local commander, Junaid Mattoo, is believed to have died. Meanwhile, the Lashkar spokesman called a local news agency in Srinagar and accepted responsibility for this attack, according to a report in The Indian Express.
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J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed “deep anguish” over the killing of civilians and policemen across the Valley over the past 24 hours. She said that violence and the killing of the innocent people would only push the state towards destruction and uncertainty rather than peace.
The encounter at Arwani in Bijbehara area broke out on Friday morning and all the three militants are believed to be dead. However, no bodies have been recovered so far. Indian Army has been moved out and was combing the area, officials said.
In a barbaric act, the terrorists shot at the policemen with their assault rifles after overpowering them. The policemen who retaliated bravely, however, could not break the trap laid by the terrorists. The terrorists first overpowered them, then fatally shot them in their faces from close range and escaped with their weapons. The incident took place this evening when Feroz Ahmed, a 2010 batch Sub-Inspector, was on his way to the police station at Achabal after completing his duty in Anantnag.
The militants had laid an ambush on Anantnag-Achabal road near Kulgad village and fired at the police party. The police were not travelling in a bullet proof vehicle. All the six policemen including Ahmed died on the spot, senior police officials said. Army has been called out to undertake a combing operation in the area. “It is an unfortunate incident to have lost six men including Sub Inspector Feroz, a resident of Pulwama. Their contribution to the police service will be remembered,” Director General of Police S P Vaid told PTI here.
32-year-old Ahmed, a resident of Dogripura in Awantipora, was a father of two daughters aged six and two. A pall of gloom descended on Anantnag police station when Ahmed’s wife and aged parents came to receive his body. He was quite popular in South Kashmir police division and had recently organised an Iftar party.
The other deceased officers include constables Sharik Ahmad and Tanveer Ahmad (Budgam district), Sheraz Ahmad (Achabal), Asif Ahmad and Sabzar Ahmed (Anantnag).
Earlier on May 28, militants attacked a police party at Phambai area of Kulgam in South Kashmir, killing five policemen and two bank guards.