Bullet ridden bodies of three abducted cops found in Shopian

The bullet-riddled bodies of three abducted cops were recovered from south Kashmir’s Shopian district on Friday.
The slain cops have been reportedly identified as Firdous Ahmad, Kuldeep Singh and Nisar Ahmad.

Three cops and the brother of a policeman were abducted by the militants during raids at their homes in Batagund and Kapren villages of Shopian last night. The bullet riddled bodies of three cops were recovered from Dangam village of Shopian today morning.

Reports said that the brother of the policeman is the only one who has been released alive. Soon after their abduction, police had launched a manhunt to trace them.

Last month 11 family members of police officials have been kidnapped by militants in different areas across Kashmir after the father of Hizb commander Riayz Naikoo was detained by the police.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo had reportedly tweeted about the kidnappings warning the armed forces about a ‘tit for tat’ after Naikoo’s father was arrested by the armed forces in a night raid on August 30.

The Hizb Commander Riyaz Naikoo, according to police, is the brain behind militant recruitment. “Naikoo has motivational power and he has managed to persuade youth and brought them into the fold of the Hizb outfit,” police had said recently.

Recently, Naikoo had said that Amarnath Yatris were ‘guests and that the reports suggesting that militants were planning to attack them were baseless’. “Amarnath Yatra is not our target. They come here to perform their religious rituals. They (yatris) are our guests,” said Riyaz Naikoo, Field Operational Commander, in an audio clip released on social media.

Earlier on August 30, families of two militants in the Shopian district of Kashmir alleged that the armed forces set their homes on fire.

According to report in the English daily Greater Kashmir, the family members of a militant Shahjahan alleged that the armed forces raided their house in Amshipora village of the district.

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