Martyred J&K cop Humayun Bhat ’s father defies grief to salute his son

Story by  IANS | Posted by  Aasha Khosa | Date 14-09-2023
Courageous father paying tribute to his Martyr son: retired IGP, Ghulam Hassan Bhat paying tributes to his son Humayun Bhat, DySP, J&K Police in Srinagar (Pics: Basit Zargar)
Courageous father paying tribute to his Martyr son: retired IGP, Ghulam Hassan Bhat paying tributes to his son Humayun Bhat, DySP, J&K Police in Srinagar (Pics: Basit Zargar)



The courage, fortitude and composure of this brave police officer as he laid a wreath on the body of his martyred officer son, will be written with golden letters in the history of Indian police. The frail-looking retired IGP, Ghulam Hassan Bhat stood by the body of his son, DySP Humayun Bhat in the district police lines in Srinagar without a tear in his eyes.

As a piece of steel, Bhat escorted by Javaid Mujtaba Gilani, ADGP, laid a wreath at his martyred son’s coffin wrapped in the Tricolour.

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha, Chief Secretary Arun Mehta, DGP Dilbag Singh and all other senior officers of J&K Police stood solemnly behind the father waiting for their turn to pay last respects to the slain officer.

Humayun, a 2018 batch officer of the JKPS, was married last year. He leaves behind his young wife and a 26-day old child.

Fatima, wife of  Humayun Bhat at the tribue-paying ceremony in Srinagar

The tragedy could not have been greater for any family in any part of the country.

However, Ghulam Hassan Bhat hid grief and tears to set an example not many fathers can ever imagine. He was grief-stricken undoubtedly, but his spirit as was high.

He lived up to what he swore in the oath he and his son took when baptized into the police service of the country.

Bhat’s fortitude, courage, grit and spirit will be quoted in every police training school, college and academy to future policemen of the country.

This father has become a living legend who will inspire generations of future officers in the country. It is the duty of the police force to stand with, to stand by and to stand alongside this great father.

Every police officer of the country must bow his/her head before Bhat like the proud sons and daughters of a brave, courageous police officer father.

Humuyan was the sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) in Kokarnag area of Anantnag district.

He was part of the team of security officers who went to Gadole mountain area after receiving inputs about the presence of terrorists there.

Lt Governor manoj Sinha paying tributes to Humayun Bhat, DySP of J&K Police who was among three officers killed by terrorists

In the initial contact with the terrorists, army’s Colonel Manpreet Singh, CO of 19 Rashtriya Rifles, Major Aashish Dhonchak and DySP Humayun Bhat came under heavy firing from the terrorists.

The three officers were leading the operation from the front. Rescue was immediately organised.

Helicopters were kept in readiness to shift the injured to the hospital. Inhospitable terrain and the advantage of surprise helped the terrorists.

Para commandos joined the operation to evacuate the injured officers.

The priority of the cordoning forces had suddenly shifted from elimination of the terrorists to evacuation of the injured officers. Braving terrorist fire and vagaries of the mountainous terrain, the injured officers were evacuated.

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After learning about the injuries, DGP Dilbag Singh and ADGP, Vijay Kumar rushed to the spot to supervise the operation.

The three officers had lost a lot of blood and could not be revived by the doctors.