When suspected militants barged into the homes of three special police officers in Shopian in south Kashmir early on Friday morning, the unarmed men were caught unawares — one was having a bath, another had just returned from offering morning prayers and the third was waiting for his mother to give him rotis for breakfast.A steady stream of mourners gathers at the modest house in Batagund of one of the victims, Kulwant Singh. His mother, Pushpa Devi, is inconsolable.“I was making rotis when a number of gunmen barged in, looking for my son, who was inside the bedroom. He was waiting for me to cook breakfast,” she recalled.Kulwant’s wife and father Dhoop Singh were away in Jammu when the incident took place. The SPO leaves behind a daughter and a son.“They [gunmen] promised to release him soon. Why did they kill? What was his sin,” Ms. Pushpa Devi asked.Nisar Ahmad Dhobi, also a father of two from Kapren in Shopian, had just finished his morning prayers when the militants entered his house.“As soon as he returned to his bedroom, the gunmen barged in. They asked him to accompany him. They swore by their guns to release him soon. They said he would quit the police force on camera and return home,” said Dhobi’s nephew, who last saw him at the gates of his house when the militants warned him not to step out.“What sin had he committed? Like other policemen, he was ready to quit the police force. Yet, they killed them,” said a relative.The gunmen came knocking at the bathroom for policeman Firdous Kuchay, son of Abdul Gani, also from Batagund.