Police smashed module behind Naveed escape from hospital: Muneer

Srinagar, Feb 8: Jammu and Kashmir police claimed to have arrested two militants and as many
Over Ground Workers (OGWs) who conspired and helped Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) self-styled commander Naveed Jatt, a resident of Pakistan, to flee from a hospital in Srinagar on January 6 after killing two policemen.
Since the entire leadership of LeT was wiped out by the security forces in recent months in the Kashmir Valley, Naveed’s escape was organised to help revival of the leaderless militant outfit, Additional Director General of Police Muneer Ahmad Khan told a news conference here on Thursday afternoon, adding the motorcycle and a car used in the escape of Naveed have been seized.
However, he said, ”it was a matter of some minutes we missed Naveed in a house in Kakpora area of Pulwama district on the same night. Naveed and another militant Tika Khan are still at large, he said, adding ”we are after them and will soon neutralize them.”
When asked if anyone from Central Jail, Srinagar, was also involved in the conspiracy, Khan said the investigation was under progress and sharing any more information at this stage will not be right.
Naveed was shifted from Kathua to Srinagar central jail on court orders, the ADGP said in reply to a question.
Giving details about the Naveed’s escape and subsequent developments, Khan said, ”immediately after the incident in which we lost two policemen, a Special Investigation Team was constituted headed by Superintendent of Police to investigate all aspects of this escape, first in recent times.”
The SIT started investigation immediately and on the clue of some scientific evidence, militants and OGWs involved in the incident were identified, the ADGP said.
He said SIT conducted night-long raids in general areas of Kakpora in Pulwama during which two militants Shakeel Ahmad Bhat and Tika Khan were arrested. Two OGWs Syed Tajamul and Mohammad Shafi Wani were also arrested, he said. We raided a hideout at Kakpora but Naveed and Hilal had left the place minutes earlier, he said.
Khan said two pistols were recovered from two arrested militants — Shakeel and Tika — while another weapon is with Hilal, who is still at large.
”During the course of investigation it was established that Hilal, Shakeel and Tika were masterminds in the whole conspiracy. Tika had also visited Central Jail Srinagar on different pretexts at least three to four times and was in constant contact with Jatt. All the conspirators, including Jatt, were in constant contact with each other through mobile phones,” he added.
The ADGP said the militants had earlier planned to free Jatta from Pulwama court complex, but they later aborted the plan due to high security there. ”Jatt was earlier lodged in Kathua jail and later shifted to central Jail, Srinagar on court orders.
Khan said police has already transferred eight Pakistan militants to jails outside the valley. ”We had already transferred these militants to jails outside the valley before the incident… we had also plans to transfer Jatt outside the Valley, but because of a court order that didn’t happen,” he said.
When asked the reason for the transfer of the Pakistani militants outside the Valley, he said, “Normally we don’t keep too many Pakistani militants in one place and we had 16 foreign militants, who were lodged in the jails in the Valley. So in order to segregate them we were sending them to other jails.”
Giving details of incident, the ADGP said the militants reached SHMS hospital on a motorcycle and a car, which have been recovered and seized. “The militants then waited for Jatt to enter the heavily crowded casualty ward when one of the militants slipped a pistol into the possession of Jatt. The Pakistan militant then fired at the policemen and escaped,” he said.
Two policemen, including a Head Constable and a Constable, were killed in the firing.
”After that Jatt and Hilal ran towards the parking lot… but they preferred to ride the motorcycle. They were taken to a place in the Srinagar city and later Tika Khan took them to his residence in south Kashmir,” he said.
Khan also lauded the SIT for their speedy investigation in the matter.
”More breakthroughs in the case are expected as the investigation is still on,” he added. (UNI)