Srinagar: Personal Security Officer (PSO) posted with PDP leader Sajad Mufti, cousin brother of former Chief Minister and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, was shot dead by suspected militants after Friday prayers in Baba Mohalla area of Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Reports said that suspected militants fired upon the policeman namely Farooq Ahmad Mir resident of Khiram, Anantnag soon after he came out from the mosque after performing Friday prayers.
He was immediately shifted to Sub-District hospital Bijebehara where doctors declared him brought dead.
Medical superintendent SDH Bejbhera Dr. Showkat said that the policeman received bullet wound in his chest and was brought dead to the hospital.
A police officer confirmed the incident and said that one AK-47 has been also snatched by the militant from the slain cop. Soon after the incident, whole area was cordoned off to nab the attackers, he said.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman in a statement said that to pay homage and respect, a wreath laying ceremony was held for the slain at District Police Lines 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 rich tributes to the martyr for the supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty,” the spokesman added.
Farooq’s family is survived by old aged father, brother, wife, 12 years old son Mohsin Farooq, 07 years old son Faisal Farooq and 02 years old son Zaid Farooq.
“We pay our rich tributes to the martyr for his supreme sacrifice made in the line of duty. We stand by his family at this crucial juncture,” the spokesman said.
Police has registered a case under relevant sections of law and officers are investigating circumstances of the attack, he said.
Meanwhile, Farooq was laid to rest at his ancestral village in Khiram and as per a rough estimate, around ten thousand people participated in his funeral.