Militants attack cops: Mehbooba says such acts against principles of humanity

Policemen killed in two militant attacks in Srinagar; Ghulam Mohammad Bhat (Left), Mohammad Sidiq Sheikh (Middle), Nazir Ahmad Mir (Right)

SRINAGAR: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir – Mehbooba Mufti – on Monday condemned the killing of three policemen in two separate militant attacks in Srinagar, saying that such cruel acts were against the basic principles of humanity and should be condemned by everyone.

Militants opened fire on a police party in Zadibal area of downtown Srinagar killing two policemen this morning. A few hours later, the militants shot dead another policeman in Tengpora area of Srinagar. Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen claimed responsibility of the attacks.

In a statement issued to media, the Chief Minister said, “My heart goes out to the families of the slain police personnel and I hope that the perpetrators will be taken to task soon.”

Mehbooba said such attacks were attempts by ‘vested interests’ to derail the peace and reconciliation process started by the state government in Jammu and Kashmir. She said it would also impact the economy of the state at a time when the tourism activity had started picking up.

The Chief Minister reportedly visited the Police Control Room (PCR) in Srinagar where she laid floral wreath on the mortal remains of the slain police personnel. She expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of the deceased and prayed for peace to the departed souls.