Rebels attack police in SMHS, take away an arrested militant

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SRINAGAR: A group of militants attacked a police party in Srinagar premier SMHS hospital and took away their colleague who was in custody and had been driven to the hospital for a medical check-up. One report said one of the two cops who was injured in the militant attack later died.

Naveed Jet, the LeT militant was arrested by the army near Bihibagh in 2015. A Pakistani resident, he was kept in Central Jail Srinagar wherefrom a member of three cops led by a head constable drove him for a medical check-up in SMHS. Police said a group of at least two militants were waiting for him and as soon as he came out of the vehicle, they were fired upon.

“Naveed himself snatched a weapon and fired and finally fled away along with handcuffs weighing more than 2 kgs,” a senior police officer said. “A manhunt has been launched in the entire belt to re-arrest the militant.”

Police said two cops were injured and “one of them very critical. Unofficial reports, however, said he has died.

Top police officers told Kashmir Life that Naveed Jet belonged to Waseem group of LeT and was responsible for the killing of a school teacher in Nagbal in 2014 elections. They said he also killed an ASI earlier and was “very notorious”. He had also led a militant attack in Bongam Shopian as well, police added.

Within seconds after the sensational escape, the police and other security agencies have cordoned off the hospital and right now searches are going on.

A senior police officer identified the “high critical cop” as Mushtaq Ahmad, a head constable (259), a resident of Karnah. “It was a meticulously executed operation,” the officer said. “They were sure of his arrival and were waiting outside the OPD and once they were in making preparations by way of securing the ticket, the attacked was mounted.”

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