Hizbul Mujahideen Releases 14 Family Members of Jammu And Kashmir Police
After Hizbul Militant's Father Release, All 14 Abducted Relatives of Jammu and Kashmir Policemen Released (Representational Image/PTI)

Srinagar, Sep 1: The three-day face-off between security forces and militants in Jammu and Kashmir ended on Friday as police released a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander's father and militants freed all 14 relatives of policemen they had abducted in retaliation.

All 14 family members of policemen abducted in three days from south Kashmir were released unharmed on Friday, police said, hours after Hizbul operational commander Riyaz Naikoo's father Assadullah Naikoo was freed by the police.

Jammu And Kashmir Police Release Hizbul Mujahideen Commander's Father After 'An Eye For An Eye' Warning.

Riyaz Naikoo said on the social media that the police had "compelled" the militants to act against the families of policemen because a non-combatant relative of a militant had been arrested by them.

Authorities on Thursday confirmed that eight relatives of policemen were abducted from south Kashmir areas. Three more relatives of policemen were abducted on Friday.

Those abducted on Thursday evening were Zubair Ahmad, son of a policeman from Arwani area of Kulgam district; Arif Ahmed, brother of a middle-rung police officer from Arwani; Faizan Ahmad, son of a policeman from Kharpora, Kulgam; Sumeer Ahmad Rather, son of a policeman from Yaripora, Kulgam; and Gowhar Ahmad, brother of a Deputy Superintendent of Police from Katapora, Kulgam.

Earlier on Thursday, militants abducted Nasir Ahmad, son of a policeman from Midoora Tral. Militants had on Wednesday abducted Asif Ahmad, son of a local policeman Rafiq Ahmad Rather, from Pinglish village of Tral in Pulwama district.

Authorities had on Thursday decided to launch a massive operation in south Kashmir areas to check the alarming trend of the abduction of relatives of police personnel, but the decision was put on hold due to fears that the abducted persons could be harmed in case of a large-scale operation.

A high-level meeting was held by the top brass of security forces on Thursday evening where it was decided that for the safety of the abducted persons, it was necessary to release Assadullah Naikoo.