IGP, other officers visit bereaved family in Budgam
United News of India
Srinagar, Mar 27: The brother of a Special Police Officer (SPO), who was injured in a militant attack in Kashmir’s Budgam district, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital early on Sunday, officials said here.
The SPO, identified as Ishfaq Ahmad and his brother Umar Jan, a student, were fired upon by militants at their residence at Chadabugh area in Budgam on Saturday.
Ishfaq had succumbed to his injuries on way to hospital, while Umar, who was critically injured, breathed his last in a hospital today.
Ishfaq has become the second policeman to be killed in Kashmir in the past four days. On March 22, a policeman was killed in a brief shooting at Srinagar’s Zoonimar Soura area.
The incident was widely condemned by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, besides other politicians.
Meanwhile, a pall of gloom descended over Chattabugh village, as thousands of moist eyes bid a tearful adieu to Special Police Officer (SPO) Ishfaq Ahmad and his brother Umer Jan in Budgam, during their last rites.
Hundreds of people, including women and children assembled at the house of two slain brothers at Chattabugh in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, reports and eyewitnesses said.
They said a large number of women wailed as the bodies of the duo were taken for burial in their ancestral graveyard. Some of the women showered candies and flowers on the coffins of the slain brothers.
Hundreds of people attended the “Namaz-e-Jinaza” or the funeral prayers of the two brothers at village Chattabugh.
“Every eye was moist here, as both siblings were young and loved by all the villagers for their jolly nature. We don’t know why they were killed and what was their fault,” a group of mourners said.
“Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar, DIG Central Kashmir Sujit Kumar, and SSP Budgam Tahir Saleem visited the family of Ishfaq Ahmad and paid heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. IGP Kashmir assured that entire police force stands with the bereaved family”, the police said in a tweet. (UNI)