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Anger in Kashmir after terrorists shoot dead cops during Ramzan

13 Jun 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
Mass anger in Pulwama after terrorists kill cops

J&K cops rarely get to be home for festivals. But this Eid, head constables Ghulam Hassan Wagay and Ghulam Rasool Lone reached their families. In body-bags.

"Why did you break your promise, papa? Didn't you say I'll be home for Eid?" Wagay's son is heard wailing in a video.

The timing of the attack in Pulwama which killed them has triggered mass anger.

In context: Mass anger in Pulwama after terrorists kill cops

13 Jun 2018Anger in Kashmir after terrorists shoot dead cops during Ramzan

The two martyrs

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They were targeted when they were guarding a court complex

AttackThey were targeted when they were guarding a court complex

Wagay and Lone were part of the police picket guarding the district court complex in Pulwama, when terrorists opened fire on them yesterday morning.

The cops retaliated, but in the ensuing exchange of gunfire, they were killed.

This came amid a Ramzan ceasefire declared by the Home Ministry. However, terrorists have launched continuous attacks on the forces.

Mourning"I'll massage you": Wagay's son urges father to return

Both the cops, who had young children, had made plans for Eid this time, but their bodies reached home instead.

In the viral video, Wagay's son is heard saying, "Wasn't your neck hurting? Let me massage you," as relatives try to console him.

The Baramulla native left behind a wife and three children aged 22, 19 and 13.

FamiliesLone had wanted to take his kids home for Eid

Lone too was thinking of going home for Eid. He had talked to his brother-in-law Mohammad Yusuf just the previous evening, and said, "Keep the kids ready, I will take them home."

"Who knew we will have to see this in the morning," Yusuf mourned.

Lone, who hailed from Lolab Kupwara, also left behind a wife and three children aged 12, nine and seven.

PublicThe masses are angry over the way they were killed

Wagay and Lone's funerals were attended by thousands of locals, including women and children. A feeling of anger ran through them: the policemen, who were not even involved in combat, were targeted on Shab-e-Qadr, the night of blessings during Ramzan.

"Repeat of shameful lynching of DSP Ayub Pandit on his anniversary. Perpetrators worst enemies of Kashmir, its people, Islam. Silence? @MirwaizKashmir," tweeted PDP's Naeem Akhtar.