DGP Vaid retaliates: ‘Militants too have families’

SRINAGAR:  Militants should realize that they too have families, the Jammu and Kashmir police has said in a strong warning after an attack on an officer’s home on Monday.

“Militants should realise they too have families. Let militants take this as a warning,” Jammu and Kashmir director General of Police Shesh Paul Vaid was quoted by NDTV as having said.

The police chief also said, “This is between police and militants, families should not be brought into this conflict. If the police start doing this, what will happen to their families?”

The warning came after an alleged attack on Monday night on a police officer’s home in Shopian. At least a dozen terrorists barged into the house when the officer wasn’t in, held his family hostage and also allegedly vandalized the house.  Sources say the attackers told the family that “since the police are damaging the property of the families of militants and those who give shelter to them, we (militants) are going to retaliate.”

Recently, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat warned that Kashmiri locals who picked up arms and appeared to support terrorists would be treated as anti-nationals.

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