‘Hospital security and ATM guard among three arrested youth’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday claimed to have solved the militant attack case wherein the militants targeted the house of BJP’s district vice president for Ganderbal district, Ghulam Qadir, in which a militant and police constable was also killed, stating that three more “militant associates” involved in the act have been arrested.

Police said that “arms and ammunition” have also been recovered from the possession of the three persons.

On October 6 this year, militants attacked the house of BJP leader at Nunner, Ganderbal in which one militant Shabir Ahmed Shah of Tral, Pulwama and police constable Muhammad Altaf were killed.

A police spokesman in a statement issued said that accordingly FIR No 209 of 2020 u/s 302 IPC,13,16,18 UA(P)A and 7/27 IA Act ,PS Ganderbal was registered and investigation set into motion.

“During investigation involvement of one Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh of Serch (Hospital Security Guard) Ganderbal was unraveled. However, the subject upon questioning tried to dodge the investigation agency. Technical details sought through ESU revealed some startling facts and sustained questioning of the subject on 30th October 2020 revealed that he was an active member of HM and had been instrumental in the attack,” the police spokesman said in a statement.

He said that accordingly Sheikh was arrested and on his disclosure one pistol, one Pistol Magzine with 3 rounds of ammunition and some Pakistani flags were recovered by police.

“During sustained questioning Sheikh disclosed two other associates namely Hilal Ahmad Mir of Bernbugh Kangan , working as ATM Guard at SKIMS, and Asif Ahmad Mir of Serch Ganderbal  (Private Security Guard at SMHS) who were also arrested and one more Chinese pistol and ammunition, two detonators, Pakistani flags and other incriminating material was recovered at their instance,” the statement said, adding that “All the three had come in contact with militant operatives in south Kashmir and were tasked by him to prepare a kill list of local political workers and attack them,” the statement added. Police said that more arrests are likely to be made in the case.


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