‘Udhampur Attack Carried Out by a Suspended Cop’



A suspended cop with a “questionable service record” has allegedly turned out to be the mastermind of the petrol bomb attack on a Kashmir-bound truck in Udhampur on October 9 which resulted in the death of 18-year-old Zahid Bhat.

Investigations have revealed that suspended policeman, Jasbir Singh, a resident of Laddan in Udhampur, is the alleged mastermind behind the October 9 communal Hindu mob attack on three Kashmiris, police said.

The Tribune reported on Thursday quoting sources that Jasbir had planned the entire incident and given money to members of the “Maya Gang”, headed by Varinder Singh, alias Kaka, a Nepali citizen, at present putting up at Shiv Nagar in Udhampur, to carry out the attack.

Jasbir has a “questionable track record” and investigations revealed that he was in touch with one Amit, who is believed to have thrown the petrol bomb inside the truck. Amit is still at large; the police sources have been quoted.

Surinder Gupta, Deputy Inspector General, Udhampur-Reasi range, said, “we have succeeded in arresting nine accused in the case so far, including the mastermind – Jasbir Singh, who had earlier been suspended from the police service. A special investigation team headed by Additional Superintendent of Police Mohan Lal Kaith is on toes to nab other accused, who are on the run.”

DC Udhampur, Shahid Choudhary said, “we have sufficient evidence, including CCTV footages, against the accused. Their previous crime history has also been put on record and accordingly the Public Safety Act (PSA) has been slapped against all nine arrested so far.”

He further added that the other accused who were on the run would be behind bars soon.

The accused have been booked under Sections 307, 336, 436, 147, 148, 120-B and 427 of the RPC and 3/5 of the Explosives Substances Act.



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