Sopore police have claimed a breakthrough in the investigation in the killing of SPO, Mudassir Ahmad and firing on Sarpanch, Khazir Mohammad Parray last week by arresting seven local youth and recovering two pistols from two of the arrestees.
Police sources told Kashmir Life that Sopore police was busy in investigating the firing incident on Khazir Mohammad, of Krankeshivan and in the meantime suspected militants strike again by killing a Special Police Officer (SPO), Mudassir Ahmad of Chanekhun.
They added that after the arrest of five local youth, police got some clues. And after the arrest of sixth and seventh youth, two days before police recovered two pistols from their possession.
“We have recovered two pistols from the arrested youth who are likely involved in the killing of SPO, Mudassir and also firing on Sarpanch, Khazir Mohammad Parray,” a Sopore police official told KL, adding “but it is yet to be ascertained that the recovered pistols were used in the killing of Mudassir and injuring of Khazir.”
He further said that all the seven arrested youth are not involved in the militant activities but they are in police custody only for essential questioning.
Sources said that the arrested youth included Fayaz Ahmad Lone son of Abdul Rashid Lone, Mairaj Ahmad Rather son of Gulzar Ahmad, Mohammad Ashraf son of Mohammad Akbar and Gulzar Ahmad Ganai son of Mohammad Akbar, all residents of Krankeshivan, Sopore and Altaf Ahmad Sheikh son of Mohammad Yousuf resident of Batepora, Aqib Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Sultan, Resident of Mome Kakh, Sopore and Asif Ahmad Dar son of Shawkat Ahmad Dar.
Militant activities are on a high in the northern town of Sopore from last few years. Sources said that more than two dozen people have migrated from the town so far after the alleged militant threats in last few months.
But Superintendent of Police for Sopore, Imtyaz Hussain, denies any such migrations. “No one has migrated from the Sopore area and nobody is facing militant threat, some people may have shifted to Srinagar, but that is a matter of ongoing trend and that has nothing to do with the militancy of Sopore,” SP Imtyaz said.