Constable was part of R&B minister Altaf Bukhari’s security detail for past 1 month
Srinagar: Roads and building minister Mohammad Altaf Bukhari’s personal security officer (PSO) fled with two rifles on Friday night, prompting the police to launch a major manhunt across the Valley.
Constable Naseer Ahmad of 11th Battalion of the Jammu Kashmir Armed Police (JKAP) decamped with two-AK 47 rifles and two magazines during the night from Bukhari’s residence at Sheikh Bagh, officials told Kashmir Reader Saturday.
A resident of Karimabad village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, Ahmad was posted as a security guard of the senior PDP leader from the past one month. He had been recruited in the police force in 2007.
Early Saturday morning, senior police officials visited Sheikh Bagh and collected details from the policemen who form Bukhari’s security detail. Police also quizzed another PSO, Parvez Ahmad, whose service rifle has been taken away by Ahmad.
Raids were also carried out at the residence of the cop in Pulwama. The incident was also discussed in a high level meeting which was chaired by Kashmir inspector general of police Syed Javid Mujtaba Gilani, officials said.
The official said that it is believed that the cop was received by three youth hailing from his native village, when he escaped.
Meanwhile, police has sounded an alert and asked the security agencies to remain vigilant after the incident.
In August last year, four separate incidents saw four cops and an army soldier deserting their camps along with their weapons from twin districts of Kulgam and Baramulla.
The first incident occurred in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on August 8, when SPOs Gul Mohammad Rahi and Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din deserted the District Police Lines along with two AK-47 service rifles. Both the SPOs were earlier associated with a government- supported militia.
On the same day, a suspended SPO Bashir Ahmad Bhat entered the SOG camp in the district and fled with a rifle. The third incident of the day was also reported from the district when a Territorial Army trooper Shakeel Ahmad Bhat alias Tiger also fled from his camp along with his service rifle.
Ten days after the Kulgam incidents, an SOG cop Mohammad Shafi Dar of Nowpora, Sopore fled away with his AK-47 rifle from Seelu area. He was arrested from Dangiwacha a month later.
Gunmen attack cop’s house
Suspected militants attacked the house of policeman in Dangerpora at Sopore in north Kashmir.
The gunmen fired at inspector Athar Samad’s house when he was present there. However, nobody was hurt in the incident. Later, troops cordoned off the area.