Srinagar: The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) for Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, has said that the attack on government forces in Lawaypora Srinagar on Thursday, in which two CRPF men were killed and two others injured, stands solved as police have arrested two overground workers (OGWs) and the Lashkar-e-Toiba militant involved in the act has also been identified. The IGP said that the vehicle used in the attack has also been seized.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of the two slain CRPF men at RTC Humhama, the IGP said that Srinagar Police and Bandipora Police worked tirelessly soon after the attack and identified the three men who took part in it.
“Two OGWs who were identified as Muzaffar Ahmed Mir and Javaid Ahmed Sheikh provided logistic support to one Lashkar militant Nadeem Abrar Bhat alias Abu Brar, a resident of Narbal, Budgam. Nadeem is a close relative of OGW Muzaffar,” the IGP said.
He said that the trio had conducted a recce of the area on March 24 after which they chose the target on Thursday afternoon.
The IGP said that acting on a lead, police arrested Javaid Sheikh first along with a Maruti car bearing number HR 10 Q-6583 from which some empty cartridges were also recovered.
“After his questioning and interrogation, we also arrested Muzaffar. Raids were conducted on two hideouts but LeT militant Nadeem and two foreign militants had fled after coming to know about the arrest of Muzaffar and Javaid,” the IGP said.
He said both the arrested OGWs have confessed to the crime. Asked whether any weapon was missing from the incident spot, the IGP said, “Yes, one weapon is missing.”
He, however, said that police in the area is working on leads and very soon the remaining attackers that include LeT militant Nadeem and two foreigners will either be arrested or killed in an encounter.
Asked about the spurt in militant attacks in Srinagar and its outskirts, the Kashmir Police chief said that there remains a militant movement on the National Highway on the city outskirts as it connects Srinagar with the rest of the Kashmir districts. “We will see if there is any loophole and ensure that the same is plugged,” he said.
About the rise in bank robbery cases in Srinagar and outskirts, he said in the past 12 days, three incidents have taken place and one person has been arrested. “More arrests are on cards. We will soon share details with the press,” he said.
On whether attacks like Lawaypora may cast a shadow on the upcoming Amarnath Yatra commencing from June 28, the Kashmir Police chief said that those involved in yesterday’s attack will be killed before the Yatra starts.
Speaking on the occasion, IG CRPF Srinagar Sector, Charu Sinha, while referring to the Lawaypora incident said, “Such incidents are like dancing with the devil, and it’s the devil who calls the tune. I leave it to the people of Kashmir to choose between peace, harmony and violence.” (KNO)