40 Jammu And Kashmir Cops Quit After Hizbul Mujahideen 'Resign Or Die' Threat

| September 26 , 2018 , 08:25 IST

In the 4 days since terrorists abducted and killed 3 Jammu and Kashmir Special Police Officers (SPO) after militant group Hizbul Mujahideen warned security personnel in the state to either 'resign or die', reports said that nearly 40 SPOs and policemen have resigned.

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday admitted the quitting trend in South Kashmir, but said that the number is negligible. The salary of the SPOs is likely to increase as the government is considering moves to prevent the dangerous trend of resignations.

BVR Subramanium, Chief Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir was quoted by NDTV as saying, "The state has over 30,000 SPOs. If you compare the number of people who have resigned, it's negligible."

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Resignation videos of Jammu and Kashmir policemen began surfacing since the 3 policemen were abducted and killed on September in the Shopian district of south Kashmir by terrorists. However, the Home Ministry rejected the videos as 'untrue and motivated'. To prevent the spread of such videos, internet services were blocked in south Kashmir, including in Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam districts.

Constable Mukhtar Ahmad from Kachdora village in Shopian was quoted by NDTV as saying, that his family requested him to resign after the brutal murder of the 3 Jammu and Kashmir policemen.

"I am facing threats. The situation is grim here. My wife and parents asked me to resign as they are worried for their safety. I have got this affidavit and this resignation form as well," said Mukhtar Ahmad.

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According to police sources, there are more than 3,000 SPOs from south Kashmir and the government is relocating many, along with their families, to safer places. The police and other security agencies have also advised their personnel not to visit their homes in the troubled region.

Terror group Hizbul Mujahideen in a video that has gone viral since September 18 threatened security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir to either resign within 4 days or 'get ready to be killed'.

"Upload your resignations on the internet or face the consequences," the local head of Umar Majeed group, an offshoot of Hizbul Mujahideen, is heard saying.