PDP leader’s PSO shot dead in Bijbehara, rifle snatched

PDP leader’s PSO shot dead in Bijbehara, rifle snatched

Srinagar, Jul 19: The Personal Security Officer (PSO) deployed with PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti’s cousin was shot dead by militants in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir Anantnag district on Friday.
The slain cop, identified as Constable Farooq Ahmad Reshi, was posted as PSO with PDP leader Mufti Sajjad Hussain, who is a cousin of former CM Mehbooba Mufti. According to police officials, suspected militants fired upon the constable outside a mosque in Baba Mohalla Bijbehara area of south Kashmir Anantnag district.
A police officer said that the incident took place when Mufti Sajjad was offering Friday prayers along with his father Mufti Mohammad Amin Ziyarat Baba Naseer-ud-din Gazi. Constable Farooq Ahmad was waiting outside the mosque.
“The militants fired upon him from a close range. The injured cop was rushed to sub-district hospital Bijbehara where he was declared dead on arrival,” the officer said, adding that “the gunmen decamped with the service rifle of the cop.”
To pay homage and respect to Constable Farooq Ahmad, a wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain at District Police Lines (DPL) Anantnag. “Senior police officers including IGP Kashmir, DIG SKR, SSP Anantnag and other officers from CAPF laid floral wreaths on the mortal remains and paid tributes to the slain cop,” the spokesman said.
“Farooq Ahmad’s family is survived by old aged father, brother, wife, 12 years old son Mohsin Farooq, seven years old son Faisal Farooq and two-year-old son Zaid Farooq. We pay our rich tributes to him for his supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty. We stand by his family at this crucial juncture.”
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has strongly condemned the attack on JKP Personnel Farooq Ahmad Dar, leading to his death.
The party described the incident as mindless and shameful act on the part of killers.
In a statement, the JKPCC Spokesperson has expressed anguish over the killing of JKP Personnel Farooq Ahmad Dar in Bijbehara area of south Kashmir and strongly condemned the shameful act of killing.
The Spokesperson conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Farooq Ahmad Dar and asked the authorities to ascertain the identity of the killers for severe punishment
The Spokesperson prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul of Dar and prayed for the courage of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has condemned the killing of PDP leader Sajad Mufti’s Personal Security Officer (PSO) Farooq Ahmad in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district today and has termed the incident as unfortunate. He said violence in any form and manifestation is condemnable.
In a statement issued here today Tarigami said “such incidents are inhuman and unfortunate and the perpetrators of violence have achieved nothing except for rendering irreparable loss to the victim family.
He expressed sympathy with the bereaved family. (KNO)