Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday allowed transfer of murder case of top insurgency cop Altaf Ahmed alias ‘Altaf laptop’ to Srinagar from Bandipora.
Advocate Mian Qayoom pleaded before court that the four accused were presently lodged at Central Jail Srinagar and for the trial of the case, it was not possible for the petitioners to be present at Bandipora district court.
For the speedy trial of the case, it is necessary that the case is transferred from Bandipora court to Srinagar, Qayoom said.
The court of Justice Sanjay Kumar Gupta allowed the petition and directed to transfer the case from Bandipora court to Srinagar trial court.
Showkat Ahmed Hakim, Mehraj-ud-din Shergujri, Mohammad Younis Khanday and Manzoor Ahmed Parray are accused in the killing of Altaf Ahmed along with slain Lashkar commander Abu Qasim.
According to police reports Abu Qasim had laid a “source trap” for Altaf in Gund Dachin area of Bandipora, where the officer along with his colleague was shot in a brief exchange of fire. Altaf was immediately airlifted to army’s 92 base-hospital in Srinagar, where he succumbed to injuries.
Lashkar-e-Toiba had admitted in a statement that their commander Abu Qasim had killed Altaf Laptop.
Abdul Rehman, alias Abu Qasim who hailed from Multan in Pakistan, first caught the attention of security agencies in 2013 when he allegedly attacked an army convoy on the Srinagar-Baramulla highway in Hyderpora. Eight soldiers were killed. He was killed on 29 October in an encounter in Pulwama.
Altaf was known for his technical surveillance skills and was key person in monitoring the social media and perceived suspicious online activities. He had joined as a constable in 1998 and rose through the ranks quickly for his aggressive tactics.