In a distressing incident that shook Gantmulla village in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, militants ruthlessly targeted and killed retired senior police officer Mohammad Shafi Mir. The tragic incident unfolded during a sacred moment of prayer as Mir was offering Azan inside a mosque on Sunday morning.
The Kashmir zone police relayed the grim news via social media, stating that Mir, who had retired as the senior superintendent of police (SSP) back in 2012, fell victim to the militants’ gunfire while in the midst of his religious observance.
“#Terrorists fired upon Shri Mohd Shafi, a retired police officer at Gantmulla, Sheeri #Baramulla, while praying Azan in the mosque and succumbed to injuries. Area has been #cordoned off. Further details awaited,” the J&K Police announced in a post on X.
In the wake of this heinous attack, swift action followed as the Jammu and Kashmir police, alongside the army, promptly cordoned off the area, initiating investigations into the tragic incident.
This appalling act adds to a recent spate of targeted violence against law enforcement officials in the region. Just days prior, on December 9, police constable Mohammad Hafiz Chad faced an attack near his residence at Hamdaniya Colony Bemina, sustaining severe injuries.
Tragically, this isn’t an isolated incident. On December 7, the region mourned the loss of inspector Masroor Ahmad Wani, who tragically succumbed to injuries sustained in an attack by militants on October 29.
These distressing events underscore the persistent threat faced by those dedicated to upholding law and order in the region, while also highlighting the urgent need for heightened security measures to safeguard the lives of law enforcement personnel and civilians alike in Kashmir.