Asif Iqbal Naik
In its continuous probe into August 9 Eid violence, Special Investigation Team constituted by the DGP Ashok Prashad on the direction of state government, arrested at least four persons involved in arson and vandalizing government and public property during Eid violence on August 30.
According to the sources, SIT in collaboration with local police arrested four persons from Malipath and new Bhandari Mohallah including two siblings for their alleged role in putting Chief Education Office Kishtwar and excise shop on fire. The sources said that the arrest of the four persons comes in wake of scrutiny of the proofs gathered by the SIT during over two weeks of investigation.
Sources further said that SIT is still verifying the exact role of the arrested persons and added that in case anyone found innocent, he will be released. “More arrest will take place in coming days.”
Meanwhile the SIT also achieved a major breakthrough in identifying the culprits involved behind the killing of PHE employee Bashir Ahmed Moochi who was burnt alive by the rioters after Eid violence while deceased was heading towards the home of his sister at Sarkoot Kishtwar.
The SIT sources added that “all culprits irrespective of their party and religious affiliation will be allowed to go scot free.” The sources added that efforts are on to identify the other culprits involved in killing of Arvind Kumar Baghat and Lassa Khandey of Padder is on. The SIT has also recorded the statement of few eyewitnesses as well.
However, Immam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar Farooq Ahmed Kichloo along with the deputation of majority community called on Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Baseer Khan and showed his concern of random arrest of the youths from majority community. During the course of the meeting, DC Kishtwar assured the Immam Jamia Masjid Kishtwar that no innocent will be booked in any case and urged him to cooperate in ongoing investigation in August 9 violence cases.