Srinagar, Aug 27: A police constable was on Saturday killed by terrorists at Pulwama in Jammu.
Selection grade constable Irshad Ahmad Ganai was leaving his home in Koil village for work when a militant appeared and shot him from a close range officials say. He died on the spot.
The incident comes just two days after a militant hurled grenades at a police party in Pulwama district in which 15 persons were injured. The Valley has been on the boil since the pat 47 days following the death of Hizbul Mujhahideen commander Burhan Wani.
The targeting of police personnel has become a regular affair in Kashmir. Terrorists had urged the people to prepare a list of police personnel in the state along with details of their family members.
The terrorists say that the J&K police personnel at the behest of the government had committed atrocities. However, police personnel complain about a constant threat to their life and also that of their families.
Police personnel say that the government has told them to exercise restraint. "We do that as much as possible. The pelters, however, do not stop and then we are forced to use the pellet guns. As I said earlier, it is not easy to fire at your own people," an officer also notes.
Many officers have not had a proper meal at home since the unrest has begun. There is a curfew in place for the past 47 days and this means manning the streets at all times. "As a result of this none of us have been able to visit our houses for a long time," the officer says.