A little after 10.30 pm on Sunday, as Fayaz Ahmad, a Special Police Officer (SPO) with the J&K Police, and his family were preparing to retire for the night, they heard a knock on the door.
“Just as he stepped out, a gunshot rang out,” Fayaz’s daughter-in-law Rukaiya Liyaqat told The Indian Express. Minutes later, three members of the family — Fayaz, his wife and daughter — lay in pools of blood outside their house at Hariparigam village of Tral in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
While 48-year-old Fayaz died on the spot, his wife Raja Begum died at the Government Hospital at Bijbehara while his 23-year-old daughter Rafia, who was rushed to a hospital in Srinagar, died on Monday morning.
In a statement on Monday, J&K Police said, “Preliminary investigation revealed that two terrorists of proscribed terror outfit JeM, one suspected to be a foreigner & another local terrorist, are involved in this attack.”
IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar, who visited the family on Monday, too held the Jaish-e-Mohammad responsible for the killings — the latest in a spate of attacks in J&K since political activity gained pace amid the Centre’s outreach to the mainstream political leadership.
Over the last few days, a J&K Police constable, a sub-inspector, and a civilian have been killed in attacks at different locations in the Valley. On Sunday, two bombs were dropped on the Indian Air Force station in Jammu. A day earlier, a civilian succumbed to injuries after a…