As the Kashmir Valley emitted into turmoil after the disposal of Burhan Wani, nearby aggressor of the Hizbul Mujahideen, I met two neighbourhood policemen in Srinagar’s Army Base Hospital. Both had been harmed due to stones tossed at them amid conflicts with instigators in the city. It took me a while before I could convince them to share their stories; the condition was that they were to be taped against the light in an outline, so their personality would be covered up in the shadows. What’s more, that I was to not utilize their genuine names. In some ways, this declaration of intense helplessness was the forerunner to the awful, dishonourable crowd lynching of Ayub Pandith, on the sacred night of Shab-e-Qadr outside the city’s Jama Masjid.

For as long as year, of all the security workforce operational in the state, it is the Valley’s cops who have been most risked by the persevering clash. That the men I met needed to cover their personalities should never be seen a nonappearance of strength; unexpectedly these men are the hardest, boldest, most hands-on officers, anyplace on the planet. At the point when ten fear mongers could lay an attack to Mumbai on 26/11 for three days, regardless of the nearness of the tip top National Security Guard, I recall a cop from Kashmir calling me to state they ought to have summoned a group from the Valley — so experienced are they at smoking out aggressors and protecting regular folks from experiences.


In any case, in the meantime, Kashmiri policemen are the gentlest focuses in this 27-year-old rebellion, caught between the support of their uniform and the anger of the road. Since they are drawn from a similar group that is frequently secured an astringent fight with them amid fomentations and challenges, they are assaulted, brutally, by both activists and regular citizens. In the strongly energized Kashmir Valley, where jingoists and separatists have captured the talk, crushing out every last bit of subtlety, I can’t think about a solitary gathering that is more imperilled by all sides than the Jammu and Kashmir police.

Inside the clinic, one policeman revealed to me that when he flew out to the city from his town which was two hours away he made it a point to wear regular citizen garments that did not out him as a cop. Else, he would be in the line of flame on the interstate where nonconformists had blocked section and leave focuses. He just wore his uniform when he was at obligation in Srinagar. “They abhor us,” he educated me, “they converse with us concerning Azaadi; we converse with them about peace.”

Since people group are affectionate in Kashmir, numerous incongruities make the circumstance much more confused — like homes where one sibling is a cop and another relative an activist. The swarm that lynched Ayub Pandith yelled mottos in the help of Zakir Musa, the fear based oppressor who supplanted Burhan Wani quickly as the leader of the Hizbul Mujahideen and who required a caliphate in Kashmir. Be that as it may, Zakir’s dad is a structural specialist utilized with the administration, and one of Zakir’s co-voyagers, aggressor, Ishaq Parray/otherwise known as “Newton” is from a family where his brother by marriage is a serving cop. However, recordings discharged by Zakir Musa straightforwardly undermined Kashmiri men with death on the off chance that they agreed to accept the police constraint. The cops I met revealed to me they could never recoil from their “obligation’ however they stressed for their families. “Sometimes individuals have burnt the homes of policemen. Our stress is for them”.


The greatest setback of the Kashmir strife has turned into the contestation of sadness; lost lives are grieved and honoured relying upon which side of the ideological trenches your war is and how much whataboutery you will enjoy. Benevolently, everybody ascended as one to unequivocally sentence what happened to Ayub, drawing back from its chilling grotesqueness. In any case, there is justified in getting out the bizarre doublespeak of a Kashmir arrangement where policemen who are criticized by the secessionists are then anticipated that would ensure them.

In 2016, professional Pakistan Hurriyat delegate Syed Ali Shah Geelani particularly named an individual cop in South Kashmir whom he considered in charge of eye wounds caused by the utilization of pellet-shower firearms amid conflicts with dissidents. An unnerved family, stressed over repercussions to them, at that point went and looked for “pardoning” from Geelani — who scorned them and gave no assurances of wellbeing.

Cops addressed me of dissenters who are never again terrified of nerve gas shells and circumstances were sponsored by a horde of a couple of hundred individuals, even ladies have encompassed the post of an individual officer and grabbed his weapon. “They take a gander at us with doubt, they manhandled us, and they severely dislike us. What would we be able to do? We endure it,” said a 34-year-old cop to me, “Ya pathar, ya gaali — Either a stone or an exclamation — that is my life; I am utilized to it now.”