Police suspect Hizb hand in killings, probe deserter’s role

Srinagar: Police is investigating the role of a cop, who fled from the residence of a senior PDP leader along with two AK-47 rifles here last month, into the killing of three policemen in Shopian on Monday.
Officials told Kashmir Reader Tuesday that the role of Constable Naseer Ahmad, a former security guard of Syed Altaf Bukhari, Works Minister in the PDP-BJP alliance government, is being probed over the broad day light attack on a police team in Ashimpora village of Shopian on Monday afternoon. Police, officials believe that Naseer was one among the six militants in army uniform, who halted a cab and brought down the cops before shooting them from a close range.
“Although Abu Dujana, a Pakistani militant is believed to have carried out the attack along with the local militants, the role of a deserter cop is also being investigated. We have got certain leads during the investigations. This case will be cracked soon,” a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.
The officer, who insisted not to be named, said that several people, including over ground workers (OGWs) were questioned in this regard. He said that the hand of Hizbul Mujahideen seems to be behind the attack.
“Questioning is part of the investigation process. We questioned many witnesses and the local residents to get a detailed account of the attack. On the basis of the testimonies, we have been able to get some clues which will be further worked on to track down the attackers,” the official said.
He said one of the policemen Nisar Ahmad Wani of Sopore fought bravely and tried to snatch the rifle of an attacker before he was shot dead by other militants.
Meanwhile, police sources said that the surprise attack has set the alarm bells ringing in the security establishment. Various security agencies, source said, are working in tandem to achieve a breakthrough in this case.
“All modes of telecommunication, including cell phone data and internet are being screened to gather more clues about this case. Besides, sniffer dogs have also been used in the areas from where militants are believed to have fled,” sources added.
Sources said that a high level review meet was also held in the aftermath of the attack. The review meet resolved to strengthen the security apparatus across the Valley, especially the volatile areas to foil further attacks.
Deputy Inspector General ((DIG) police, south Kashmir, Nitish Kumar told Kashmir Reader that police have got a fair idea of the outfit and the militants involved in the Shopian attack.
“However, it will be immature to disclose the details since the investigations are currently going on. We are hopeful that this case will be solved soon. As and when it happens, we will share the details with media,” he said.