A human who is selflessly devoted to protecting others is brave regardless of gender, age, religion or occupation. It sounds like an obvious statement, but the disappointment of Jammu and Kashmir police at the system speaks the tale of biased behavior.
A number of police officers have expressed their disappointment on Twitter taking a dig at politicians and the media. Without mincing any words, the officers have called out politicians for being hypocrites when it comes to using them and disappearing when one of them dies.
The wrath of J&K policemen has been ignited by the recent killing of 6 police officers in a militant attack at Achabal in south Kashmir. Cops pointed out how when an army man dies everyone stands to pay homage but no one bats an eye for the policeman killed in the line of duty. The department is demanding equal respect for the equally perilous work they do.
An anonymous police officer tweeted,
We are fighting the dirty war of these politicians. We are the ones who on the ground face the consequences of their (politicians’) ill-conceived decisions. We stand by them in their worst times. But when it is time for them to stand with us, they simply vanish.
A policeman posted in Srinagar said,
If a soldier is killed, our politicians, even Chief Ministers, attend the wreath laying ceremony. From New Delhi to Srinagar, everyone pays homage to them. For television channels, they are the bravehearts, but when any of our colleague falls, there is no word from anywhere. Even the local politicians stay away.
Tahir Ashraf, a Superintendent of Police, tweeted twice and said,
Those who enjoy #JKpolice protection/help and fail to side with them at the time of grief are hypocrites with dead conscience.
Fine, but what the government is going to do for martyrs? Why shouldn’t state give at least Rs 1 crore to each family? Are we fighting for ourselves or the state?
All the cops of Jammu and Kashmir have come together to help the families of martyrs by denoting a day’s salary as compensation. Till now, fourteen police personnel have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty in various incidents and the department has decided to stand in solidarity to provide the needed help.
People have also reacted to the news on Twitter through these posts:
When was the last time Prime Minister tweeted a word of condolence for a Police or Army man martyred in Jammu and Kashmir. Just asking 🤔
— Wandering Baba (@Leopard212) June 16, 2017
When 6 people were killed in London terror attack, our PM did not waste any time tweeting condolences but not a word now!
— PankajS (@pankajsrini) June 16, 2017
Brother PM busy saving Cows …Ambani and Adani…Our blood comes cheap…for the country
— abhi (@aabie9) June 16, 2017