A female police officer arrested in Kashmir for blocking rebel operations

Srinagar, India (AP) — Police in Kashmir, under Indian control, said on Friday that they had arrested one of their officers and fired her for interfering with counterinsurgency operations in conflict areas. ..

Police said in a statement that the woman live-streamed government troops’ cordon and search activities “intent to interfere with the search” in southern Frisal village on Wednesday.

Police officers said they “resisted the search team,” became violent, and “praised terrorist violence.”

Police officers were arrested and fired, according to a statement.

The dismissed police officer was a special police officer. Such officials are subordinate police recruited primarily for counterinsurgency operations.

Indian law enforcement officers have repeatedly been involved in supporting Kashmir rebels who have been campaigning for decades for independence in the Himalayan region or a merger with neighboring Pakistan, which controls part of Kashmir. ..

Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir’s divided Muslim-dominated territories. This is a conflict that has continued since the two countries gained independence from Britain in the late 1940s.

Kashmir police are captured in the middle, often seen as traitors by their own neighbors, and suspicious by higher Indian officers.

Police first fought it when the latest armed rebellion began in 1989. However, many remained in their posts and barracks and abandoned their jobs after rebels began targeting their families. Some people sympathize with the rebels. The rebels have gained the support of a large public, with dozens of them joining the rebels and becoming commanders of armed groups.

In some cases, authorities were accused of having a relationship with rebels. In 1992, two police officers and paramilitary soldiers were arrested for bombing Srinagar’s police headquarters, killing one police officer and injuring several others.

In response, India has established a police counter-insurgency network that is widely feared and condemned by many Kashmiris and human rights groups for summary execution, torture, kidnapping, rape and other abuses. When she livestreamed the raid on Wednesday, it was those actions that female police officers might have been protesting.

Police said they were investigating whether women were associated with rebels.