Police blames Lashker for polling bus attack

SHABIR AHMAD
ANANTNAG: Police on Friday claimed Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit was responsible for Thursday’s attack on a polling staff vehicle in Shopian in which one polling officer was killed and three CRPF men were injured.
Speaking to reporters here, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police, south Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said, “During preliminary investigations two LeT militants identified as Abu Muaz and Showkat have been found involved in the attack.”
Kumar said the militants succeeded in carrying out the attack as the polling staff had caused delay in leaving the station. “We had put in place all the possible security arrangements. By the time polling staff left the area there was no ROP (road opening party). It was completely dark outside and the militants took advantage of it. Had the polling staff left in time, militants would not have succeeded in their design,” the DIG said.
He put the number of militants active in south Kashmir at 40. “As per our information at least 40 militants are active in south Kashmir. Out of 40, 10 are foreigners. Eight of the locals are new recruits,” he said.
He said that police will call the parents of the new recruits for “counseling” so that they can motivate their wards for surrender. “After being counseled, if their parents fail to bring back their wards we will neutralize them all. So far we were busy with the polling. Now we are going to intensify our operations against the militants,” the DIG said.