Anantnag: Police have charged eight people, including two slain militants and a non-local “Hindu militant” of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, with the killing of six police personnel including a Station House Officer (SHO) on June 15 last year.
This is the first instance that someone from outside J&K and particularly of the Hindu faith has been charged with militant activities in Kashmir.
The accused non-local has been identified as Sandeep Kumar, son of Ramesh Kumar, resident of Muzaffar Nagar in Uttar Pradesh. Kumar is in judicial custody as of now.
The case pertains to the killing of SHO Achabal, Feroz Ahmad Dar, and his five escorts in the outskirts of main town Anantnag, while they were travelling from Anantnag to Achabal.
Anantnag SSP, Altaf Khan, today divulged the details of the case before media men here in Anantnag.
He said that a special investigation team (SIT) was formed to investigate the case and after finding incontrovertible evidence against the accused, a comprehensive charge sheet has been filed against the accused before the Sessions Court Anantnag.
“Eight people have been found involved in the case, including two militants who have already been neutralised. Four are absconding and two are in judicial custody,” Khan said.
He said that a charge sheet has been filed against Kumar and one Muhammad Ashraf Wani alias Maulvi of Breenthi Anantnag along with the two slain militants of LeT — Bashir Lashkari and Abu Maaz, a Pakistani national.
“Efforts to nab the other four accused, who for now are absconding, have been intensified. They will be nabbed soon, hopefully,” Khan said.