Srinagar attack: Five men arrested for helping militant escape from hospital

Srinagar attack: Five men arrested for helping militant escape from hospital

Srinagar attack: Five men arrested for helping militant escape from hospital

While addressing a press conference here in Srinagar, ADGP Muneer Khan, who is also serving as IGP Kashmir said that the case was cracked within four hours and two militants were arrested. We could have fired in hospital but we would have killed civilians.

The police said the conspiracy for Hanzulla's escape from the hospital premises was hatched four months ago. "They managed to escape along with Naveed from the police custody", he said.

He said Tika and another militant Hilal made several visits to the jail on different alibi for two months. "Presently we are looking for them and hopefully lay our hands on them", said Khan. The handcuffed prisoner's running away in such a fashion came as a major embarrassment to the police which immediately set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by a superintendent of police to probe the incident. He is said to be calling his devotees and guests without hindrance to his barrack and giving them amulets and money from a welfare fund operated by him from within the jail.

Significantly, in two raids in the last two years, Police have recovered over 20 SIM cards and smartphones, as also refrigerators specially earmarked for high profile separatists and terrorist leaders from Baramulla District Jail.

On February 6 they came to Srinagar and took their positions at various points in SMHS hospital with a motorcycle and auto.

We are not terrorists. They preferred the motorcycle after the incident, he added. They were escorting Naveed and five other prisoners to the hospital from Srinagar's Central Jail for routine check-up. He said the DG prisons has ordered inquiry in the case and the police was also investigating.

Jat, a resident of Chak No 421, Vehari district in Pakistan's Multan, was arrested in Kulgam in 2014 and was then LeT's district commander and a close associate of Abu Qasim and Abu Dujana - both LeT Kashmir chiefs - who were subsequently killed by security forces.

On Wednesday, a voice message was circulated on social media, purportedly by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo, in which he is heard saying that "two of its men who were sent on a mission to free Naveed, were safely back".

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