Policemen’s resignation video goes viral

Updated - September 20, 2016 04:02 pm IST

Published - August 24, 2016 01:43 am IST - SRINAGAR:

A video of two policemen announcing their resignations amid pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans has gone viral in the Valley.

The video, uploaded on news portals and forwarded on social media, shows Firdous Ahmed and Waseem Ahmed Shiekh of the Special Operation Group announcing their resignation during what is believed to be an anti-government rally at Behrampora village in Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday evening.

“I returned home a day ago. Many locals had come to burn down my house. I am poor. I apologise if I have ever committed any atrocity on my own people. I have decided to quit the police force,” says one policeman as he raises pro-freedom slogans.

Source said one of them, a resident of Behrampora, was posted at the sub-divisional police office at Rafiabad. A major protest broke out in the area after the killing of Hurriyat activist Fayaz Ahmed Rather by gunmen on July 29. However, the police denied “any resignation by any policeman”.

In volatile south Kashmir, many mainstream activists and lower-rung leaders have resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party, the BJP and the National Conference(NC), announcing their decision at mosques and anti-government rallies.

The houses of three MLAs and a former MLA have been attacked by protesters since July 8. On Tuesday, protesters threw stones at the official residence of Congress MLA Usman Majeed in Bandipora district.

Iftikhar Misger, NC candidate who lost in Anantnag, has quit the party after the unrest.

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