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Serious damage to Kashmir Security Forces due to Mob Lynching

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Lucknow: On June 22nd, Mohammed Ayub Pandith, 57, deputy superintendent for security wing of the J&K state police, was beaten to death by a mob. He was lynched in Nowhatta, his body dragged for 300 meters. A Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the J&K police to probe the lynching of the officer, has claimed that out of the 12 persons involved in the crime, 5 persons have been arrested so far.

 

In the words of a former head of India’s external intelligence agency RAW, “the situation in India-held Kashmir was never scarier, not even in the 1990s when armed resistance was at its peak”. The current situation in the valley of J&K is precarious. The threat to the security forces of J&K is rising at alarming rates. 16 personnel of the J&K police have been doomed to death in the State in this year alone, which is the highest number of casualties in the past 2 decades.




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In March this year, armed men broke in the home of Abdul Samad, Baramulla Jail Superintendent, Hafru, Central Kashmir. The official was not present at home, but his family was told that they had come to kill him. Instead they took his son, Ashiq, and relative Bilal, hostage. However, the hostages were later set free. In May, it has been reported that militants have abducted and killed young army lieutenant, Ummer Fayaz, 23, who was visiting his South Kashmir home for a family wedding. On a different occasion on June 16, as many as 6 policemen were killed in South Kashmir’s Achabal.

 

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More than 1500 police personnel have been killed in the J&K valley since the insurgency which broke out in the year 1989. Thus, there is an ever increasing division amongst the police personnel which mirrors the division in the J&K valley itself, about the role they should play given their local roots.

 

A vital role has always been played by the J&K police personnel in all anti-terror operations as well as forming a second cordon ring during the counter-insurgency operations of the Army. Even during the worst years in the history of militancy, the police personnel of J&K have provided with vital intelligence information.

 

Contrary to the present scenario, in 1990s, more political activists were being killed instead of police personnel being targeted. Now, in the age of stone-pelting, which includes young school girls and the armed militants, the J&K police face a dire situation. For the first time in the prolonged and tormented history of brutality in the state that policemen’s homes as well as families are also held at risk.

 

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Intriguingly, in spite of having an elected government in office, the only authority reflecting on the situation is the Army Chief Bipin Rawat, with statements like, “I wish the stone-pelters fired at us. I just cannot tell my troops to wait and die as they are fighting a dirty war in Kashmir.” Except for this, even as the body count sees a horrific rise, those in authority could not do much.




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