Two SPOs quit after militant threats
Fear of the militants prompted two Special Police Officers (SPOs) to announce their resignation in the local mosques in troubled south Kashmir region.
An SPO of Arihal in Pulwama district announced his resignation in the local mosque during Friday prayers. The SPO announced the resignation on the mosque loud speaker and urged the people to forgive him.
Another SPO announced his resignation by a letter addressed to the Imam of a local mosque in Midoora Tral of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The letter was read out by the Imam in which the SPO said he was quitting his job.
The resignations come against the backdrop of abduction and release of three cops and family members of nine others by terrorists in south Kashmir on Thursday night. Terrorists went on a rampage and raided the houses of the serving policemen, abducting three cops and family members of nine other policemen in different district of South Kashmir.
The resignation comes on the day Hizbul Mujhadeen chief operations commander Riyaz Naikoo set a three-day ultimatum for the Jammu and Kashmir Police to release the family members of the terrorists or else they would be forced to take a direct action against their family members.
Naikoo had warned the policemen against slapping Public Safety Act (PSA) on people saying it will invite serious repercussions. The Hizbul chief had said that the Kashmir Police had become a frontline in this war. “We have nothing to do with you. We are fighting India. But you are on the forefront. If your officer is forcing you to do certain things, you should quit the job. We will then deal with him,” he had said in an audio message.