Kashmir: Cop flees with colleague’s AK 47 in Srinagar

SRINAGAR: A Special Police Officer (SPO) on Saturday fled with a service rifle of a constable from a police station in Rainwari area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district.

The cop, posted at the Rainawari police station, has been identified as Riyaz Ahmed, decamped with the rifle of constable Showkat Ahmed posted at the same police station.

“Riyaz was missing since today (Saturday) morning. It was only after lunch we found that he (Riyaz) had decamped with constable Showkat Ahmad’s service rifle (AK-47),”a senior police officer told Kashmir Reader.

Riyaz hails from Khan Sahib area of Budgam district.

“An FIR has been registered, and a departmental inquiry has been launched,” the police officer said.

This is the second incident in two months, earlier on January 16, a cop decamped with four rifles from the residence of a senior police officer in south Kashmir.

Shakoor Ahmad, who was posted as Personal Security Officer (PSO) to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and SDPO Bijbehara Irshad Ahmad Bhat in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district, decamped with the rifles.

Sources believe that Ahmad might have joined militants like his predecessor Naseer Pandith who decamped with his service rifle while he was posted on guard at then Works Minister Altaf Bukhari’s residence in Sheikhbagh area of Srinagar in March 2015.