Anantnag: A doctor was arrested after an AK-47 automatic rifle and a pistol was found in his car, late Saturday evening here in Kulgam district, police said.
The doctor and his family are saying that he had given lift to an unknown person in his car and that person fled when the car was stopped by government forces, leaving behind a bag, in which the rifle and pistol were kept.
Dr Aijaz Rasool Nangroo, son of Ghulam Rasool, resident of Wanpoh area in Kulgam district, is currently posted at Public Health Centre Qaimoh. (Read: DAK appeals DGP to release Dr Ajaz Rasool )
Nangroo was arrested near Al-stop, along the national highway, in Mirbazar area of Kulgam district. Police said an AK-47 rifle and a pistol was recovered from his vehicle.
A senior police officer in Kulgam district told Kashmir Reader that the doctor, for now, is being considered as an offender.
“The truth is that we have recovered an AK-47 and a pistol from his car, bearing number JK03 E-7572 during a naka checking,” the officer said, adding that a case has been registered and the doctor is being questioned.
He said that there were reports that one more person, probably a militant, was also travelling with the doctor and managed to flee the spot.
“That angle is being looked at as well. Till the time it is established that the doctor indeed offered a ride to some unknown person, we will have to consider him as an offender,” the officer said.
He said that the case was being looked into with utmost care.
As per Nangroo’s family, he left home after Maghrib (evening) prayers to visit an ailing relative in Nai Basti Anantnag. Less than half an hour later, they got to know that he had been arrested.
The family told Kashmir Reader that Dr Nagroo has been allowed a call to the family, while in detention, this morning.
“He told us that he had given lift to a pheran-wearing person while he was travelling to Anantnag from his home late on Saturday evening,” Majid Rasool, Nangroo’s younger brother, told Kashmir Reader.
Majid said that the forces had motioned his brother to stop at a check point, whereupon the pheran-wearing man fled the scene, leaving behind his bag that contained the arms.
“My brother is innocent and has nothing to do with all this. His only fault is that he gave lift to an unknown person,” Majid said.