J&K: Terrorists kill off-duty police sub-inspector in Pulwama
Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district saw the death of an off-duty police officer on Saturday amid a rise in targeted killings in the Kashmir Valley. Farooq Ahmad Mir, a police sub-inspector (ministerial wing) in J&K, was found dead in the fields on Saturday morning. Terrorists are suspected of kidnapping the sub-inspector from his residence in Samboora, Pampore, and murdering him.
Why does this story matter?
- Mir is the ninth police officer in Jammu and Kashmir to be killed by terrorists this year.
- Two officers were killed in gunfights with terrorists, while seven other officers, mostly off-duty personnel, were assassinated in targeted attacks.
- Notably, the targeted killings are occurring just weeks before the Amarnath Yatra, which begins on June 30 in the South Kashmir Himalayas.
Official statement over the issue
The Kashmir Zone Police has released a statement over the killing on Twitter. "Dead body of Farooq Ah Mir of Samboora Si(M) posted in IRP 23 BN was found in paddy fields near his home. Preliminary investigation reveals that he...left his home for work in his paddy fields yesterday in the evening, where he was shot dead by terrorists using a pistol," it stated.
Victim shot in the chest
The locals discovered his body in a field in the early hours of Saturday and immediately informed the police. The police arrived on the scene and discovered that he had been hit in the chest by a bullet. According to preliminary investigations, the deceased officer left his home Friday evening for work in his paddy fields, where he was shot dead by terrorists.
All terrorists involved in recent killings neutralized: Police
The deceased officer was assigned to the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Indian Reserve Police (IRP) battalion. All the terrorists responsible for the recent targeted attacks, according to the police, were killed in encounters. In response to the rise in targeted killings of police officers, migrants, and Kashmiri Pandits, the police and security forces are on high alert in the Kashmir Valley of J&K.
Here's a tweet by Kashmir Zone Police over Mir's killing
Dead body of Farooq Ah Mir of Samboora Si(M) posted in IRP 23 BN was found in paddy fields near his home. Preliminary #investigation reveals that he had left his home for work in his paddy fields yesterday in the evening, where he was shot dead by #terrorists using a pistol.— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) June 18, 2022