Alert Sounded After Gunmen Abduct Eleven Relatives of Policemen In South Kashmir

SRINAGAR 31AUGUST : Authorities sounded high alert across south Kashmir areas on Thursday after gunmen abducted eleven persons connected directly or indirectly with the local police force.

Reports said the gunmen on Thursday evening abducted Zubair Ahmad, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmad, son of a policeman from Kharpora, Kulgam; Sumar Ahmad Rather, son of a policeman from Yaripora, Kulgam; and Gowhar Ahmad, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Katapora, Kulgam.

Earlier on Thursday, gunmen abducted Nasir Ahmad, son of a policeman from Midoora Tral.

Gunmen had on Wednesday abducted Asif Ahmad, son of a local policeman Rafiq Ahmad Rather, from Pinglish village of Tral in Pulwama district.

Two more relatives of the policemen were abducted from Shopian district last night.

Reports said that unknown gunmen abducted Yasir S/o Assistant Sub-Inspector Bashir Ahmad from Wathoo village on Thursday night.

In another incident, gunmen abducted Adil Ahmad Ahah, the nephew of Deputy Superintendent of Police from Trenz village on late Thursday night.

Following this alarming development, authorities have sounded a high alert across south Kashmir.

The authorities also decided to launch a massive operation in south Kashmir areas to check the alarming trend of militants going after relatives of police personnel.

Reports here said a high-level security meeting was held by top brass of security forces on Thursday evening where it was decided that a massive manhunt would be started with the first light on Friday to trace the abducted persons.

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