On Tuesday, two policemen were killed in a pre-dawn militant attack in Pulwama. Head constables Ghulam Hassan Wagay and Ghulam Rasool Lone were about to come back home to celebrate the most awaited Muslim festival, Eid with their family. But the wait of their family for them to come back is going to last an eternity.

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As reported by the Hindustan Times in the early hours of Tuesday militants opened fire at the police picket guarding the district court complex in Pulwama town resulting in the death of two police officers.

Wagay’s son with tears in his eyes kept on mourning, “Why did you break your promise, Papa? Why did you leave us alone? Didn’t you say I will be home for Eid? Wasn’t your neck hurting? Let me massage you,” while relatives tried to console him.

While Wagay, a resident of Rafiabad in Baramulla left behind his wife and three sons, the other police officer Ghulam Rasool Lone a resident of Lolab Kupwara, died, leaving behind his two sons, daughter and wife.

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He had called me last evening, saying keep kids ready I will take them home and who knew we will have to see this in the morning,” said Lone’s brother-in-law Mohmmad Yusuf to the Hindustan Times.

Baramulla SP Imtiyaz Hussain tweeted regarding the heart-wrenching incident.

The two funerals were attended by thousands of people including women and children.

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The fact that the incident took place on Shab-e-Qadr, the night of blessings in during Ramzan, added to people’s anger. Questions were raised regarding the fact that whether militants should target policemen involved in non-combat operations.

Questioning the silence of the separatists Naeem Akhtar, leader of People’s Democratic Party tweeted;

Even after the Indian government has declared conditional ceasefire the attacks are being done by Pakistan and Indian Jawans are losing their lives. Nothing else can be expected from a country which doesn’t want peace.

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