Gunmen abduct seven relatives of policemen in south Kashmir

Srinagar

Unknown gunmen last night have abducted seven relatives of police officers from south Kashmir’s Kulgam and Pulwama districts, a news gatherer IANS reported.

According to report the gunmen on Thursday evening abducted Zubair Ahmad, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmad, son of a policeman from Kharpora, Kulgam; Sumar Ahmad Rather, son of a policeman from Yaripora, Kulgam; and Gowhar Ahmad, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Katapora, Kulgam.

Earlier on Thursday, gunmen abducted Nasir Ahmad, son of a policeman from Midoora Tral.

Gunmen had on Wednesday abducted Asif Ahmad, son of a local policeman Rafiq Ahmad Rather, from Pinglish village of Tral in Pulwama district.

Following this alarming development, authorities have sounded a high alert across south Kashmir.

“The authorities also decided to launch a massive search operation in south Kashmir areas to check the alarming trend of militants going after relatives of police personnel,” IANS reported.

“The high-level security meeting was held by the top brass of security forces on Thursday evening where it was decided that a massive manhunt would be started with the first light on Friday to trace the abducted persons,” IANS reported.

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