In Pulwama, 3 hideouts busted, ‘key’ OGW arrested: police
Anantnag: A Special Police Officer (SPO) is suspected to have decamped with an AK-47 rifle from a police station in main Shopian town.
Amid speculation that the SPO has joined militant ranks, police officials have so far refused to comment on the development. Sources in the police, however, confirmed that the SPO took the AK-47 along with him when he went missing late Saturday morning.
Police sources told Kashmir Reader that the SPO, named Showkat Ahmad Sheikh, resident of Harmain, was posted at police station Sadder in main town Shopian.
“He broke open the trunk of his colleague, a selection grade constable, to take the rifle. He has also taken two magazines along with the AK-47,” a highly placed police source said.
He said that a manhunt has been launched to trace the missing policeman.
SSP Shopian Sandeep Chaudhry said that facts about the incident were being ascertained.
“I will talk to you about this later. We are ascertaining the details,” Chaudhry said.
In neighbouring Pulwama district, government forces claimed to have busted at least three hideouts of militants and to have arrested a “key” over-ground worker (OGW) for militants.
A police spokesperson said that the hideouts were busted in Litter Rajpora, Khallen and Tahab villages of Pulwama district.
“Some explosive material, magazines, a UBGL, and some very incriminating material has been retrieved from the three hideouts,” the police spokesperson said.
He said that the OGW was arrested from Rajpora area.
“The OGW is being interrogated and cases have been registered in all the three incidents,” he said.
The police are yet to identify the OGW arrested during one of these raids.