Rukhsana fears for family’s safety, refuses SPO’s job



Zeenews Bureau

Jammu: Rukhsana Kausar, the brave girl who killed a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist at her home in J&K’s Rajouri district, on Tuesday declined the job of Special Police Officer (SPO) in J&K police.

Rukhsana, along with her brother and uncle, was offered the job of SPO more than a month after she killed a top Pakistani militant of the LeT and injured another on September 27.

However, speaking to Zee News in Delhi today, Rukhsana said she had declined the job offer of the J&K government as she didn’t consider it a fit reward for her act of bravery. She added that she would only accept a job in the Central government.

She also reiterated that there was a grave threat to her family’s life.

Rukhsana was in Delhi to attend an award function organised by All India Anti-Terrorist Front headed by MS Bitta.

The brave girl said she wishes to live in Jammu and not in Delhi. There was speculation that Rukhsana and her family would be shifted to Delhi for security reasons, following a retaliatory grenade attack by militants on her house in Kalsian village in upper reaches of Shahdra Sharief on October 30. At the time of the second attack, Rukhsana and her family were living at another place in the town under the protection of the police.

After the attack, security has been further beefed up in her house and the place where she is currently staying in Rajouri.

Rukhsana, along with her 18-year-old brother Aijaz, had overpowered terrorists who had barged into their house, snatched an AK-47 from one of them and fired at him, killing him on the spot. Her parents Noor Hussain and Rashida were injured in the incident.

The bravery of Rukhsana, who had never picked up a gun before the September 27 incident, had came in for praise from President Pratibha Patil and Home Minister P Chidambaram during their visits to Jammu and Kashmir.