Jammu: A village in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur bid an emotional goodbye to Sub-Inspector Imran Tak on Sunday. Thousands attended the funeral of the police officer, who was killed in a shootout at Zakura on the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday.
During the attack -- for which global terror organisation ISIS claimed credit on Sunday -- top terrorist Mugees Mir was also killed. His body, draped in ISIS flag, was carried in a funeral procession in Srinagar. The police have, however, ruled out the presence of global terror network in the valley.
"The ISIS claim is yet to be verified, but there is no imprint of the ISIS in Kashmir," said state police chief SP Vaid, regarding the tweet by, Amaq news agency, the propaganda wing of ISIS.
The Central government said it was monitoring the ISIS claim. "The government has taken cognisance of inputs and the concerned agencies, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the security agencies, are taking an appropriate view and will adopt future course of action accordingly," Jitendra Singh, Minister of the State in Prime Minister's Office told reporters.
The attack had taken place on the Srinagar-Ganderbal road on Friday afternoon. Three terrorists in a car had opened fire on a police team at the Zakura crossing, killing Mr Tak and injuring a Special Police Officer. In retaliation police arrested one terrorist and a second one, Mugees Mir who was injured, managed to escape. Later his body was found in a nearby area.
The state government said Imran Tak's name would be recommended for Shaurya Chakra, one of the highest gallantry medals. "Imran fought bravely and killed one militant commander, we will recommend his name for Shaurya Chakra," said Nirmal Singh, Deputy Chief Minister.
Today, during his funeral, all the shops remained closed in his hometown in Basantgarh "We were brought up together and suddenly my brother is no more with me. He gave his life for the country," said his brother Rayees Ahmad.