Raj Bhawan intervention
VThe new governor has reportedly intervened and sought the release of father of Hizb Operation Chief Riyaz Naikoo and said that he will not tolerate such actions by police as if they were some lawless force. One of the national newspapers has carried a story that the officials from the Raj Bhawan intervened and got the release of all the family members and relatives of underground militants in South Kashmir from police custody.
It started on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha when militants struck and killed five people including four cops in South Kashmir. The series of killings, on Eid eve, created lot of chaos and fear among the families of hundreds of cops living in different villages of South Kashmir. Unidentified gunmen, killed Fayaz Ahmad Shah constable in J&K Police after he was coming home, offering Eid prayers in local mosque. In Loswani village of Pulwama in South Kashmir, another cop Muhammad Yaqoob Shah was killed when he had come to the village to celebrate Eid. Another cop Muhammad Ashraf Dar an Inspector in J&K Police was killed inside his house sending shock waves among the villagers and among the relatives of cops in South Kashmir. Police blamed Hizb militants for such killings and it resulted in lot of raids on the houses of militants including ransacking of their houses and thrashing of their family members.
Militants had earlier kidnapped a dozen of family members of cops from different districts of South Kashmir. After these kidnappings, Riyaz Naikoo took to twitter and said that they were forced by the raids and thrashing of their family members by J&K Police and SOG to go for such kidnappings. He said that there would be now `eye for an eye’ if the cops will not desist from harassing their families.