Hizbul’s “Resign Or Die” Threat Forces Nearly 40 Kashmir Cops Quit In 4 Days
Srinagar: Just a few days after the Union government declared the resignation videos of Special Police Officers (SPO) as “false propaganda” by terrorists, the Jammu and Kashmir police today finally admitted that police officials in a large number are quitting their jobs out of the fear of Hizbul Mujahideen.
BVR Subramanium, Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir in an official statement in order to pacify the situation, said, “The state has over 30,000 SPOs. If you compare the number of people who have resigned, it’s negligible.”
The resignation videos of policemen surfaced following the kidnapping and killing of three cops in Jammu and Kashmir, just days after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists had put out a “resign or die” threat. Sources say more than 40 SPOs and policemen have resigned since Friday.
It may be mentioned that the Hizbul terrorists dragged three SPOs out of ther home in Shopian in south Kashmir before daybreak and killed by terrorists mercilessly as multiple bullet wounds were found in their bodies. Later police recovered their bodies from an orchard near their village.
The Central ministry in an official statement said that, “Reports have appeared in a section of media that some Special Police Officers (SPOs) in #JammuAndKashmir have resigned. J&K Police have confirmed that these reports are untrue and motivated. These reports are based on false propaganda by mischievous elements.”
Meanwhile, the government in order to prevent cops from uploading such videos on social media, as had been directed by the Hizbul in its threat video, internet services have been stopped in south Kashmir. The worst-hit areas are Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts.
A constable from Shopian, Mukhtar Ahmad said that following the videos from Hizbul Mujahideen his family has been living under constant fear and has requested him to resign.
Police sources have informed that the nearly 3000 SPOs from south Kashmir are being relocated by the government to safer places. The police and other security agencies have also issued advisories to their personnel not visit their homes in the troubled region.
In its effort to prevent more resignations and reverse the dangerous trend, the government is contemplating sops for the SPOs. Their salary of Rs. 6,000 is expected to see a jump of Rs. 10,000. NDTV