Srinagar: Soon after Friday’s killings, six policemen and SPOs announced that they had resigned and four of them posted videos on social media confirming it. In one of these videos a policeman could be heard saying, “My name is Irshad Ahmad Baba and I was working as a constable in the police. I have rendered my resignation”.
But a statement issued by ministry of home affairs (MHA) denied that any policeman has resigned in J&K after the kidnapping and murder of three SPOs. It said that such reports are “untrue and motivated” and part of a false propaganda by certain “mischievous elements”. It asserted that the J&K police “is a highly professional and a committed police force which is fully geared up to meet any security challenges particularly the ones related to upcoming panchayat and local urban body elections.”
It also sought to clarify that J&K, at present, has more than 30,000 SPOs and their service conditions are reviewed both by state and Central agencies at regular intervals. “There are some mischievous elements who are deliberately trying to create an impression that those SPOs whose services have not been renewed due to administrative reasons, have resigned,” the statement said.
The ministry said militants are on the backfoot in J&K and 28 militants have been neutralised this year alone in Shopian district, where the Friday incident took place. “Due to pro-active actions of the state police, militants have been push-ed to a corner and are being driven to desperation,” it said. PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti expressed her outrage on Twitter.