Baramulla: North Kashmir deputy inspector general of police Gareeb Das claimed on Monday that the police have “got some vital leads” into the killing of a father-son duo— former militant Bashir Ahmad Bhat and his three-year-old son Burhan—in Sopore on Friday.
Das said that he “hoped the culprits will be arrested very soon”.
“We have got some vital leads in this connection but we can’t disclose them at the moment. I am personally monitoring this case from the day of the killings. We have collected details from the local residents and we are very close to a breakthrough,” Das added.
Bashir and Burhan became the latest casualties of a series of killings, since April this year, which police say have been carried out by yet-to-be identified gunmen.
When the killings started, the police had claimed then also that they have got “vital leads” and “expose the culprits soon”. Chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, who is also home minister of the state, had asked the police to investigate the killing.
But the police have not made any announcement so far.
However, media reports quoting police officials anonymously point a finger of suspicion at Lashkar-e-Islam outfit, which they say is a splinter group of Hizbul Mujahideen.
After the bullet-riddled bodies of three Hizb militants were recovered from an orchard in Pattan, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin had blamed the killings on “enemy’s paid agents” and “Indian agencies”, while stating that Lashkar-e-Islam did not exist and the government forces were insinuating about its involvement only “to their own crimes”.
Of ‘vital clues’ and ‘CM’s inquiry’ and ‘security to former militants’
The detained person is being questioned and so far we have got vital leads into the matter…the case has been investigated from multiple angles and we will crack the case soon
DIG North Kashmir Gareeb Das to Kashmir Reader on May 31, 2015 on attacks on mobile towers and killings
The chief minister has taken a serious view of the killings of civilians in Sopore and issued directions to the Home Department for stepping up investigations and providing secure environment to all civilians
An official spokesman to PTI on June 15, 2015
Lashkar-e-Islam is a split group of Hizbul Mujahideen and we have vital clues that the killings of former militants in Sopore have been carried out by this group.”
Gareeb Das to IANS on June 16, 2015
We will have to look after the safety of surrendered militants. We will make a plan for their security
Gareeb Das to Pune Mirror on Sept. 21, 2015