Terrorists shot dead a policeman in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam on Wednesday morning. Constable Fayaz Ahmed Shah was on leave and had gone to offer Eid prayers. According to initial reports, the constable was coming out from a local mosque after Eid prayers and was on his way home when the incident took place. Fayaz, aged about 34, died on spot.
Fayaz, who was earlier working as a Special Police Officer (SPO), was recently promoted as constable. Sources said Fayaz was critically injured in the firing. The constable was immediately shifted to nearby hospital where he succumbed to injuries, according to a police officer.
Fayaz, son of Abdul Rehman Shah, was a resident of Zazripora village in Kulgam. He is survived by two daughters aged 2 and 5, wife and an aged mother. Police have registered a case under relevant sections of law and an investigation into the matter is underway.
Meanwhile, clashes broke out in Srinagar between security forces and protesters following Eid prayers. The protesters pelted stones at the security forces in Anantnag, according to reports. The security personnel had to resort to teargas shelling.
There have been several incidents of attacks on police personnel in the past few months. In July, police constable Mohammed Saleem was abducted from his home in south Kashmir’s Kulgam. A day after his bullet-riddled body was recovered from Hawoora area of Kulgam. Earlier in July, policeman Javid Ahmad Dar was abducted and killed by Hizbul Mujahideen militants. In June, Army jawan Aurangzeb was abducted and killed by terrorists in Pulwama district. He was on his way home for Eid celebrations when the incident happened.