Charges framed against Hindu ‘militant’, others in SHO Achabal killing

Charges framed against Hindu ‘militant’, others in SHO Achabal killing
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Six policemen including SHO Achabal were killed in June 2017 attack

Srinagar: A court in Anantnag has framed charges against four persons including a Hindu non-local and two slain militants in the case pertaining to June 2017 attack that killed six policemen including SHO Achabal Feroz Ahmad.
Following on a police SIT chargesheet under sections 302, 397, 326, 427, 120-B RPC, 7/27 Arms Act 16,18, 20 & 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the court framed charges against four men including a non-local Sandeep Kumar Sharma and two slain militants, a statement issued by police here said.
Along with Sandeep, a resident of Muzaffer Nagar (U.P), charges have also been framed against Mohammad Ashraf wani alias Molvi of Brenti Dailgam.
Two slain militants charged in the case are Bashir Ahmad Wani alias Lashkeri of Soaf Shali Kokernag, and Abu Maz a Pakistani national.
The statement added that investigation is going on against four other accused “who are still absconding”.
These are Khurshid Ahmad Ganie son of Bashir Ahmad Resident of Brenti Dailgam, Mehraj -Ud-Din Bangroo alias Asif son of Sanullah resident of Narparistan, Sahir Ahmad Makroo son of Mohammad Akram, resident of Arwani Bijbehara, Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Zeeshan alias Alkama, resident of Sugan Shopian.
Sandeep was arrested from an encounter site on July 1, 2017, in which Bashir Lashkari and Pakistani militant Abu Maz were killed.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the J&K Police had filed a chargesheet on 5th February 2017 against four accused persons among the eight named in the case.
The investigation claimed that LeT militants headed by Bashir Lashkari – the main accused —- were involved in the attack.
The statement said that on Sandeep’s disclosures the investigators were able to crack the SHO’s murder case. Both Ashraf, hailing from Branti village in Anantnag district, and Sandeep are currently in judicial custody.
SHO Feroz and his five escorts were ambushed and shot at from very close range on June 16 last year at Thajiwara village on the outskirts of Aanatnag town while they were returning to the Achabal police station.
Soon after the incident, Lashkar-e-Toiba had claimed responsibility for the attack, in which two civilians were also injured.
In the chargesheet which was filed before the Sessions Court in Anantnag by SIT head and Superintendent of Police Tahir Ashraf, the police have also named four “active militants” Khursheed Ahmad Ganai (from Branti in Anantnag), Mehrajuddin Bangroo, alias Asif (Narparistan, Srinagar), Sahir Ahmad Makroo (Bijbehara in Anantnag) and Zeenat-ul-Islam, alias Zeenshah (Malnard Sugan in Shopian), as the accused in the case ,but declared them as absconding.
It states that the main accused Bashir Ahmad Wani, alias Bashir Lashkari (of Kokernag), and Pakistani national Abu Maz were killed in an encounter at Branti in Anantnag on July 1, 2017.
Sandeep, who according to police is involved in other cases involving the theft of ATMs by militants “to earn more money”, has allegedly confessed that he became a conduit for militants after coming in contact with accused Khursheed Gani, who is still absconding.
The next date of hearing has been fixed for March 28.