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2 cops killed, Pak militant escapes, city on alert

Srinagar, Feb 06: Two policemen were killed on Tuesday after unknown militants attacked them at SMHS Srinagar and fled along with the jail inmate followed by police sounding an alert across Srinagar district.

Official sources said that the jail inmate Naveed Jat alias Abu Hanzullah, a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant from Pakistan’s Multan, was taken to the hospital from Central Jail Srinagar by a police party.

 

In the meantime, some suspected militants opened fire upon the police party guarding the inmate Naveed, sources said.

Two policemen suffered injuries in the attack and in the melee the suspected militants escaped along with Naveed and fled from the spot. Both the policemen later succumbed to injuries and have been identified as Head-Constable Mushtaq Ahmad resident of Dildar Karnah and Constable Babar Ahmad Khan resident of Shangus Achabal.

Soon after the incident, SOG and CRPF have cordon off the entire area and launched massive searches to nab them. When this report was filed no one has been arrested so far.

Following the attack, police sounded an alert in the Srinagar district while as police has been asked to intensify the searches in all the entry and exit points in the city.

SSP Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail Parray said that Naveed was brought from central jail for medical checkup. He had a scuffle with escorting police party and suddenly two persons appeared and opened fire. In the incident two policemen suffered injuries.

Meanwhile, DIG central Kashmir GH Bhat said the rifle was not snatched by inmate Naveed. Someone from outside fired on the party. In the attack, one constable Mushtaq Ahmad died and another was injured.

DIG said that an alert has been sounded by issuing advisory across the police in Srinagar district to intensify the searches to trace out the fleeing inmate and his associates.

Police has procured CCTV footage and is trying to identify two other persons who officials say helped Naveed escape.

Meanwhile, a wreath laying ceremony of both the cops was held at District Police Lines Srinagar.

ADGP Munir Ahmed Khan led the police officers in laying the floral wreaths on the mortal remains of the martyrs. DIG CKR Ghulam Hassan Bhat, DC Srinagar Syed Abid Hussain, SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray and other officers of Police/CRPF/SSB were present during the ceremony, a police spokesman said.

Naveed, the militant who escaped, was close associate of Abu Qasim, a top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander who was killed in 2015 in an encounter in south Kashmir.

Naveed was arrested in 2014 in South Kashmir’s Kulgam. Police then said he was involved in an attack on Police party in South Kashmir, in which two SPOs were killed. Besides, reports said he was also involved in the attack in Shopian market, in which two civilians were injured.

In addition, reports said Naveed was also involved in the assassination bid on MLC, Wachi, Showkat Ganie of National Conference.

After his arrest, the security agencies had claimed that the operational capability of LeT has received huge set back.

Naveed was subjected to age determination test, after he claimed to his interrogators that he was 17 years old.

Naveed, reportedly, had come along with six boys in October, 2012, through North Kashmir’s, Keran sector.


CM, Omar condemn killing

Monitor News Bureau

Jammu, Feb 06: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has condemned the killing of two policemen at SMHS Hospital where they were carrying a detainee to medical check-up.

In her message, the Chief Minister described the incident as an act of cowardice which ought to be condemned by one and all.

Mehbooba Mufti has conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families of the two cops.

Former CM and Opposition leader, Omar Abdullah tweeted: Heartfelt condolences to the families of Constables Mushtaq & Babar.


Hours before shootout

ATM heist in Karan Nagar, Rs 23 lakh looted

Srinagar, Feb 06: Unknown persons during last night strike at SBI Bank ATM at Karan Nagar near SMHS hospital of Srinagar city in central Kashmir and decamped with cash.

A police officer concerned while confirming the incident said that the unknown persons last night looted around 23 lakh rupees from the machine.

He said a case under FIR no. 07/2018 under section 457, 380 was registered and investigations launched to nab the persons involved in the incident.

The official said that the police are also investigating whether or not the robbery was carried by same persons who helped LeT commander Naveed Jat escape from SMHS hospital amid shootout that left two policemen dead. (GNS)

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