Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested four over-ground workers of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen outfit in southern Kashmir’s Shopian district who they said were involved in an attack on a Special Police officer last month.
The accused include a police constable, a bank employee and a private school teacher. “Pursuing the investigation of case FIR number 138/2017 under section 307 RPC, 7/27 Arms Act and 16 ULA (P) Act of Police Station Shopian of attack on SPO Khurshid Ahmed in Imamsahab on June 11, 2017, Shopian police has arrested four individuals for their involvement in providing logistic support and participation in the furthering the said criminal act,” said a police spokesman.
“During the course of investigation, it has [been] revealed that the said attack was carried out by HM outfit based in Shopian.” “One Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction of other HM militants namely Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie, both residents of Heff carried the attack,” he said.
The spokesman said that four over-ground workers provided logistical support to the militant group. The accused were identified as Amir Mohidin, resident of Heff, working as RE in a bank Chitragam; Constable Towseef Ahmad of Chakoora, Basharat Yusuf Mir resident of Litter, working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather @Jamshed resident of Awneera.
“After sustained questioning, they were arrested and are being investigated for their roles,” said the spokesman. “Investigation so far conducted has revealed their complicity in entering into criminal conspiracy for carrying future attacks at the behest of this group for targeting some more policemen and civilians.”