Jammu and Kashmir LIVE updates: Taking note of reports that some Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel have resigned, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that these reports were untrue and motivated by false propaganda
Jammu and Kashmir news updates: Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi in a press conference lashed out at the government and said that the government believes that the policemen resigned 'joyously'.
Taking note of reports that some Jammu and Kashmir Police personnel have resigned, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that these reports were untrue and motivated by false propaganda. The MHA said that mischievous elements were projecting the non-renewal of services of some of SPOs as resignations following the killings.
One more police personnel, Mukhtar Ahmed Lone who is a constable in the police force, submitted his resignation on Friday taking the total number of cops who quit today to nine. In his resignation letter, the policeman acknowledged that the continuing death threats and the 'present situation' forced him to take the decision. He also submitted an affidavit to that effect.
Terrorists shot dead three policemen after abducting them from Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir early Friday, police said. The bodies were recovered from an orchard in Wangam area, more than a kilometre from the village the policemen were abducted from.
Police identified the dead as constable Nissar Ahmed and two special police officers - Firdous Ahmed and Kulwant Singh - from Kapren and Heepora areas of Shopian district.
Jammu and Kashmir Police pay tributes to three of its slain personnel who were abducted and killed by Hizbul militants. Twitter @MajorPoonia
Police said the residents of Batagund village had chased the terrorists and urged them not to abduct the policemen, but the militants fired a few shots in the air and and threatened the villagers.
They said the terrorists crossed a river in the area and shot dead the policemen.
Nissar Ahmed was working with the armed police, Firdous Ahmed, who was under process of being converted to constable, served in the Railways. Kulwant Singh was posted with Kulgam police.
The terrorists had also kidnapped the brother of a police constable but he was released later.
A Twitter handle purportedly belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen group has claimed responsibility for the abduction and killing.
The policemen were abducted nearly three weeks after terrorists had abducted relatives of policemen from various places in south Kashmir on August 30. The relatives were later released.
At least eight people whose relatives worked in Jammu and Kashmir Police were abducted.
Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo had purportedly claimed responsibility for the abductions in a 12-minute video, issuing a three-day deadline for the release of all relatives of terrorists who were in police custody.
The August 30 abductions happened after the NIA arrested the second son of globally-wanted terrorist Syed Salahuddin, leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen group.
Salahuddin's son was arrested on charges of receiving secret funds.
With inputs from PTI