Kishtwar: Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed in an attack by a rape accused in Kishtwar district, Jammu, who was released about three weeks ago in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, police said today.
Another SPO was also injured in the attack, which took place in Dachan area of Kishtwar this afternoon, police said, adding that he was admitted to a hospital.
The accused had attacked the cops with an axe at Dachhan area, they said.
The rape accused was charged under section 376 of IPC and was detained in district jail Kishtwar. He was released twenty days ago as one of the measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.
“Accused is Ashiq Hussain, son of Bashrat Ahmed, a resident of village Tander Dachhan involed in case FIR no 06/2018 u/s 363,376 RPC of P/S Dachhan and the said case has been challan on 27_09-2018 in the court of law. Accused Ashiq Hussain was detained in District Jail Kishtwar,” police said in a statement. The attackers also snatched the service rifles of both the cops. Police added that Ashiq was accompanied by another person — Bashrat Ahmed, a resident of Tandar, Kishtwar.
Police sources said that a massive search operation was launched in the area to nab the attackers. “It seems that they have fled towards the forest area. Search operation has been launched to trace them,” they said—(KNO)