Family, colleagues bid tearful adieu to police Inspector

Large number of people join last rites of Inspector Masroor Ahmed Wani in Srinagar on Friday. — Excelsior/Shakeel
Large number of people join last rites of Inspector Masroor Ahmed Wani in Srinagar on Friday. — Excelsior/Shakeel

NIA to probe killing: ADGP

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Dec 8: The air was rent with loud wails at the Police Lines area here as soon as the tricolour-draped coffin of Inspector Masroor Ahmad Wani was brought for a wreath laying ceremony.

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“You always wanted to become a police officer,” said a teary-eyed Wani’s sister who was amid the family and colleagues gathered here to bid the final goodbye to the cop who was killed in a terror attack.
Additional Director General of Police, Armed, S J M Gillani, Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, J-K, Vijay Kumar, and Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, V K Birdi laid floral wreaths on Wani’s coffin.
Wani’s wife was expecting their first child, when her husband fell to the bullets of terrorists. She stood numb amidst the commotion.
Wani’s younger brother broke down in front of Wani’s coffin. He bowed to him and then raised his right hand for one final salute.
After his father and other relatives, Wani’s frail looking old mother took the photograph of her son which was placed in front of the coffin and kissed it many times.
“I want to kiss my son one more time,” she said every time she kissed the photograph.
Wani’s wife folded her hands before the coffin as if seeking forgiveness, and then took the photograph of Wani, in uniform, and kissed it a number of times.
Wani was shot by terrorists on October 29 when he was engaged in a cricket match with local boys at Eidgah grounds in Downtown Srinagar. He succumbed at AIIMS in New Delhi on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police Law and order Vijay Kumar today said all the officers and other ranks have been directed to follow Standard Operating Procedure (SoPs) in spirit while on leave or on duty to avoid incidents like the one in which a police Inspector was attacked on October 29 at Eidgah, Srinagar.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath laying ceremony of Inspector Masroor Ahmed Wani, at DPL Srinagar, Kumar said the officers and other ranks have been directed to follow the SOPs in spirit.
“Fresh directions passed to one and all to follow SOPs while on leave or while performing the duties to avoid becoming soft targets,” Kumar said
The ADGP said that police had inputs about a possible attack on October 29. “Yes, we had inputs about a possible attack by terrorists. But mistakes happen at some times and in this case also, a mistake happened and we lost an officer,” he said, adding that a “fool-proof mechanism has been put in place to avoid Eidgah like incidents.”
Asked about the attackers involved in Wani’s killing, he said: “Those involved will be eliminated or arrested soon. It is not advisable to reveal anything about the ongoing investigations.”
The ADGP said maintenance of law and order is a basic need and a right of the public, and those persons, separatists, miscreants or terrorists who try to disturb it will be dealt with sternly.
Responding to a question on several security agencies taking actions against militants and their sympathisers to break the terror ecosystem, Kumar said kinetic and non-kinetic operations will continue.
“We have been doing it for the last two-to-three years by taking a holistic approach to fight and there are both kinetic as well as non-kinetic operations. This is a part of that and it will continue. We are also adding more steps to non-kinetic operations,” he said.