Four arrested in Soura weapon snatching conspiracy: Police

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Friday claimed to have cracked the Soura weapon snatching case on a guard post of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi saying that all the accused have been apprehended.

In a statement issued here the spokesperson said that   on the basis of evidence and clinching leads, police has tracked all the other four co-conspirators and their associates and apprehended them, “At the conclusion of the investigation, after following due procedure of law they will be brought before the court of law for facing trial,” he said.

 

On 25th of February this year, a militant attack was carried out on the guard post deployed at the residence of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi. In the attack one cop Farooq Ahmad was killed and his service rifle was snatched.

The spokesman said that an FIR No: 26/2018 under section 302, 392 RPC, 7/27Arms Act, Section 13, 18 Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 was registered in Police station Soura and investigation was initiated.

He said that the evidence collected during initial investigation revealed the role of local militant Isa Fazli a resident of Shadab Colony 90 Feet Road Soura, “As the investigation progressed, the role of other militants  including Syed Owais Shafi of  Kokernag, Tawseef Ahmad and their associates Umar Noor Bhat of New Colony Chattabal, Waseem Ahmad Sofi of Bagh-e-Nand Singh Chatabal, Ubaid Zoji of Naribal Soura and Adil Majid Bhat in the entire conspiracy and its execution was unraveled,” he said.

Adding that the investigation also revealed that in the evening of February 24, a conspiracy was hatched in the house of Adil Majid Bhat at Bagh-e-Nand Singh Chatabal, “these militants and their associates had intricately conspired to attack the guard post deployed at residence of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi and snatch the weapon,” he said.

The spokesperson said that investigation revealed that Adil Majid, Waseem Ahmad and Umar Noor Bhat carried out reconnaissance of the residence of Fazal Haq Qureshi on 25.2.2018 at Soura so that attack could be carried out in the evening in pursuance of the conspiracy.

Thereafter as conspired, Umar Noor Bhat carried the militants Isa Fazli, Syed Owais and Tawseef Ahmad in a car whereas Waseem Ahmad Sofi moved on his motorbike ahead of the car acting as a pilot to check the presence of any security forces between Chatabal and Soura so as to alert the group beforehand.

“He remained in constant communication with Isa Fazli. Another conspirator and associate Ubaid Zoji also waited near the residence of Fazal Haq Qureshi on a motorbike separately,” he said.

He said that  after dropping the militant near the   Haq’s house, Umar Noor Bhat waited near Awantabhawan Soura, “ Isa Fazli, Syed Owais and Tawseef Ahmad carried out the attack as conspired on the guard of Fazal Haq Qureshi and snatched the service rifle of Police Constable Farooq Ahmad,” he said.

Adding that after carrying out the attack they fled away with Ubaid Zoji and Waseem Ahmad on motorbikes and were further transported out by Umar Noor Bhat in his car.

It is pertinent to mention that militants Isa Fazli, Syed Owais and Tawseef Ahmad were later killed in an encounter at Hakoora,  Badasgam in District Anantnag.

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