My father was innocent, never participated in anti-militancy operations: Slain cop’s son

Eerie silence prevails in sleepy Surigam village of Lolab, some 10 kms away from north Kashmir’s Kupwara town. A narrow slippery path leads from a dilapidated link road to the house of slain policeman, ASI Gulam Muhammad Bhat at Bhat Mohalla, who was killed in militants attacks in Srinagar on Monday along with his two colleagues.
My father was innocent, never participated in anti-militancy operations: Slain cop’s son
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Eerie silence prevails in sleepy Surigam village of Lolab, some 10 kms away from north Kashmir's Kupwara town. A narrow slippery path leads from a dilapidated link road to the house of slain policeman, ASI Gulam Muhammad Bhat at Bhat Mohalla, who was killed in militants attacks in Srinagar on Monday along with his two colleagues.

In the ground floor of the two-storey house, women are trying to console Sonmalla, wife of Gulam Muhammad. "I never knew that he will leave us alone. He had promised to come home on leave this week," rues Sonmalla in a grim voice.

Gulam Muhammad's three daughters are not still able to believe that their father is no more. With his untimely death, the family has lost its head who would look into all affairs of the family and take care of every member of the family and relatives. The whole area is in a state of mourning.

"He was the only hope not only for his family but for the village also," said Bashir Ahmad, a local resident.

His elder son is 20 year old Muhammad Yaseen who also works in police as a constable. "We don't blame anyone for his death. We know only one thing that our father was innocent. He had no enmity with anyone. In his service tenure of 35 years he always remained posted in police stations of different districts of the state and never joined SOG and never took part in any anti-militancy operation," Yaseen says in a choked voice. "My father was all set to perform Hajj and planning to take my mother along with him immediately after his retirement which was scheduled next year in June, he had even applied for passport."

Similarly, the family of head constable Nazir Ahamd Mir of Surmarg Zachaldara in Handwara, who was killed at Zadibal Srinagar along with Gulam Mohammad Bhat on Monday, has been hit by a huge disaster.

Family members of Nazir say that he never participated in any anti-militancy operation and he was innocent. The slain is survived by wife, four sons and a daughter.

The family of Mohammad Sadiq Sheikh resident of Doodhi Machil, the cop killed in Tengpora attack on Monday, is still trying to cope up with this shock. Sadiq Sheikh is survived by his wife, a 3-year old son and 1-year old daughter.

Rural Development Minister Abdul Haq Khan along with Rajya Sabha member and PDP leader Fayaz Ahmad Mir on Tuesday visited the families of the police personnel and expressed condolences to them on behalf of the CM.

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