Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested five persons involved in the killing of a policeman in the premises of Char-e-Shareef shrine in Budgam last month.
The Police also said that one of their accomplices has joined militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
In a statement, a police spokesman said that a group of militants on 25th January fired upon constable Kultar Singh of JKAP of 13th Battalion who was guarding Char-i-Shareef Shrine wherein he got severely injured and later succumbed to his injuries. The militants also snatched his rifle and fled away from the spot.
Police had lodged a case FIR under section 120-B, 302, 392 RPC, 7/27 of Arms Act, 16, 18, 20 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in Chari-i- Shareef police station and started an investigation, the spokesperson said.
“The investigation so far revealed that Umar Farooq resident of Pulwama along with five other persons -Shahid Ahmad, Shahid Khurshid, Imran and Feroz, all residents of Pulwama and Mudasir Ahmad Wani & Towheed Rather residents of Pampore, hatched a criminal conspiracy to snatch the weapon from J & K Police guard deployed at Charar-i-Sharief shrine,” the spokesman said in a statement.
“To give effect to the conspiracy they had a reccee of the area and the said sentry post at Charar-i-Sharief shrine earlier. Consequently, they executed this act,” the statement added.
During the investigation, the spokesman said while picking up the vital evidence, Police has seized the vehicle used in executing the act.
“Investigation has also revealed the clinching evidence against all the accused regarding their entering into conspiracy and commission of the offence. All the accused persons other than Shahid Ahmad are arrested in the case,”the statement reads.
“Investigation has also revealed that Shahid Ahmad has joined the JeM outfit and is at large. Further investigation is being conducted expeditiously,” it added.