Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Thursday visited the residence of Jammu and Kashmir Police officer Arshad Ahmed Khan, who died after being injured in a terror attack on June 12 in Anantnag district, and assured his family that the government will look after them.
Shah, accompanied by officials, went to the Bal Garden residence of Khan near the city's Civil Lines area and met his parents Mushtaq Ahmed Khan and Mehbooba Begum, wife, brother and children Uhbaan (5 years) and Daamin (18 months).
The home minister came and offered his condolence, and assured that the government will look after the family of the brave son of the country, a kin of Arshad Khan, who was present at the meeting, said.
Shah also handed a letter of commendation, highlighting the sacrifice of the police officer, to members of the family and it was eventually in the hands of 18-month-old Daamin.
On his official Twitter handle, Shah said Khan's "sacrifice for the security of our nation has saved many lives. The entire nation is proud of Arshad Khan s valour and courage".
Khan, 37, was injured in the terror attack on June 12 and later flown to Delhi in an air ambulance for specialised treatment. However, he succumbed to injuries at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 16.
Five CRPF personnel were killed in the terror attack, in which a lone Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist targeted a patrol team of the paramilitary force.
Khan, the Saddar SHO in Anantnag, reached the site soon after.
The moment he stepped out of his official bulletproof vehicle, along with his service rifle, a barrage of bullets were fired by the terrorist. One bullet ricocheted from the butt of his service rifle and hit his liver and duodenum, officials had said.
Even in that condition, the officer kept firing bullets at the terrorist before he collapsed, they had said.
Khan was appointed sub-inspector in the Jammu and Kashmir Police in 2002 and served in various important capacities.
During the 2016 agitation following the death of Burhan Wani, the poster boy of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Khan, who was then posted as Station House Officer of Bijbehara, single-handedly cleared the highway and ensured that there was no traffic restriction.
Khan, whose ancestors are from Peshawar in Pakistan, never succumbed to political pressure and was shifted from Bijbehara prematurely after he had rounded up many so-called activists of a political party.
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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday expressed ‘pain and disgust’ over the political scenario of the state and blamed the BJP for stooping new low and setting ‘new benchmark of immoral politics’, ahead of the crucial trust vote in the assembly that is expected to take place on Monday.
In a press release the Chief Minister of the state added that the BJP has made a mockery of the democracy by ‘taking away several MLAs from the ruling coalition forcefully. He also cited TV footages that show BJP leaders accompanying the rebel MLAs to Mumbai in special aircrafts, adding that the BJP had switched to immoral politics to capture power in the state.
“T he BJP has been demanding that I must resign immediately and has even got the Raj Bhavan to set deadlines for putting the confidence motion into vote. I want to make it amply clear that I am not trying to cling onto power. My only intention of seeking time for debate on trust vote is to let the entire country know how the BJP, which talks of morality, is trying to subvert the very principles of democracy as well as Constitution” the press release added.
The JD(S) leader also appealed the disgruntled MLAs who have camped in Mumbai to come back and attend the legislature session to narrate in the assembly how they were forcefully taken away by the BJP.
“I request them to explain on the floor of the House how the BJP sabotaged democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity” the press release read while also calling on the MLAs to ‘sit together and discuss’ all the issues including their problems to save the government which he termed as ‘democratically elected’ a claim opposed by the BJP.
“Let us strive together to save democracy and protect the spirit of Country’s Constitution from these evil forces who are willing to destroy any democratic and constitutionally established institutions for the sake of power” Kumaraswamy’s press release added.
Karnataka is expected to see another day of drama in the assembly on Monday as BS Yeddiyurappa led opposition demanding immediate trust vote.