A special police officer (SPO) on Friday decamped with eight service weapons of colleagues from a police post guarding residence of a legislator at Jawahar Nagar, Srinagar.
An official said that an SPO identified as Adil Bashir Sheikh, 24, (Belt No. 488/SPO) a resident of Zainapora Shopian on Friday evening decamped with the service weapons including seven AK-rifles and one pistol from the guard room at J-11, Government Quarters Jawahar Nagar.
The residential quarter belongs to MLA Wachi, Aijaz Mir where the SPO stole the weapons.
Sheikh was engaged as SPO on March 11, 2017, he said.
A police spokesman in a statement said that a Personal Security Officer of MLA Wachi Aijaz Ahmad Mir approached Police Station Rajbagh and stated that the weapons of 7 personal security officers who are attached with MLA Wachi have allegedly been missing from his residence at Jawahar Nagar including 7 AK-47 rifles and 1 pistol which is a licensed personal weapon of Aijaz Mir.
“It also alleged the role of SPO Adil Bashir of Zainpora, Shopian in the commission of a crime,” the spokesman said.
“On this, Police Party has reached the place of occurrence and taken the cognizance of the matter. Also a case FIR No 57/18 has been lodged in P.S Rajbagh and investigation has been initiated,” he said.
A manhunt has been launched in the area to nab the cop, police sources said.