Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested four people for their alleged involvement in Pakistan-born Lashker-e-Taiba militant Mohammed Naveed Jhatt’s escape from the busy SMHS hospital Srinagar, police said.
Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Tika Khan, Rahil Kachroo and Mohammad Shafi are the four people arrested in connection with Naveed’s escape, police said.
They said Shakeel Bhat was the mastermind of the escape of 22-year-old Naveed alias Abu Hanzalla on February 6.
Shakeel’s motorcycle had been used in the escape of the militant, police said.
Tika Khan, a resident of Pulwama, is alleged to have provided his car for further transportation of Naveed out of the city, police said.
Naveed is at present believed to be in the Pulwama area of South Kashmir, they said. They added that Rahil Kachroo was another accomplice who had provided help in Naveed’s escape after firing bullets at policemen.
Shafi, who is from Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar city, had posed as a patient to provide cover for the militant’s escape.
All the four were arrested after police, based on intelligence inputs, conducted raids at various places in Pulwama.
Earlier, officials had said five people have been arrested in connection with Jhatt’s escape.
However, police said a fifth man identified as Hilal Ahmad of Pulwama who helped in the escape is absconding and believed to be with Naveed.
Naveed had managed to escape on Tuesday after at least two other militants attacked the police escort team at SMHS Hospital, killing two cops.
In a related development, Jammu and Kashmir Home department has suspended Superintendent of Central Jail Hilal Ahmed Rather pending an enquiry, an official order said here.
Rather will remain attached to the Director General of Prison’s office till the enquiry is over.
Meanwhile, the picture of Naveed with other militants including Saddam Paddar, are being circulated on social media. (PTI)