Mehbooba Mufti asks police to safeguard militants' families against retaliation for attack on cops, political workers

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday directed the police to ensure that families of militants are not targeted, according to media reports.

Mehbooba Mufti asks police to safeguard militants families against retaliation for attack on cops, political workers

File image of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

India Today reported that Mufti, while addressing policemen at Police Training School in Manigam in Central Kashmir's Ganderbal district, said the police should not to resort to retaliation because militants are attacking policeman's families.

"Police should not attack militants' families as militants are attacking the policeman's families," the report quoted her as saying.

Further, she requested the 'police should maintain difference' and urged them to put efforts so that militants surrender.

She said policemen were facing many difficulties in the discharge of their duties, but they had set an example of discipline and sacrifice.

Her statement comes a week after videos of militants threatening PDP workers after ransacking their houses went viral on social media.

Times Now reported that in one of the videos militants ransacked PDP worker Fayaz Ahmed Mir’s house in Shopian district and threatened to pump him with bullets, if he continued support the government. Another PDP worker Abdul Majid Bhat was beaten up and threatened with dire consequences if he or any other PDP leader interfered with their “freedom struggle.”

"This is last warning, if we get another complaint, will empty 31 bullets on your body, tell your leaders also that there fight is with us, not our families, tell them be it PDP, NC or BJP worker, SPO to SP, we know how to strike back, leave families out, it’s a fight of gun with gun, why bring our families in this?,” the militant said.

The militants had also threatened one Territorial Army (TA) soldier and a cop in south Kashmir, the report added.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Oct 25, 2017 17:03:34 IST

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