SIT formed to probe Pandit killing in Shopian

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Shopian: Authorities on Wednesday said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate the matter of the killing of Sunil Kumar and injuries to his cousin brother Pertimber Nath in Shopian.

A top police officer told a local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that the militant identified as Adil Ahmad Wani, resident of Kutpora, Shopian is involved in the killing of Sunil Kumar from Chotigam, Shopian.

He said that acting on the input, a cordon and search operation was launched at his residence in Kutpora where he lobbed a grenade at the government forces that was retaliated, however, he managed to escape taking advantage of darkness.

He said three brothers of militant Aadil Wani have been arrested for “harbouring militants and process of attaching house of Adil Wani has been initiated”.

Jammu and Kashmir police said that it busted a militant hideout during search operation in Kutpora village of Shopian district.

Notably, on Tuesday, Kumar was killed and his cousin was injured after they were attacked in their orchard in Chotigam Shopian.

Meanwhile, the police in a statement noted that on 16 August 2022 at about 11:00 am two militants shot and killed Kumar Bhat son of Sri Ji Bhat and injured his cousin Pertimber Nath, son of Arjun Nath Bhat, at their orchard in Chotigam, Shopian.

“Consequent upon above terrorist act, case FIR No. 153/2022 U/S302, IPC, 7/27, IA Act and 16, 20 ULA(P) Act was registered in P/S Shopian and investigation process was set into motion and during initial investigation, involvement of an active militant Adil Ahmad Wani S/O Mohd Khalil Wani R/O Kutpora surfaced,” the statement said.

It said that input was received by Police and SFs regarding the presence of accused Adil Wani at his ancestral house at Kutpora. On this information police, 34 RR, and 178 Bn CRPF launched a CASO in the area in wee hours on 17th August.

“During the search, militant lobbed a grenade on the search party which was retaliated by a search party. However, militants escaped taking benefit of darkness,” it said.

Later on, the security forces found a hideout in the house at the rooftop where arms and ammunition (one AK rifle along with a magazine and one pistol were found in the hideout), it states while adding that consequent, upon this terrorist act, a separate FIR No. 154/2022 U/S 307 IPC, 7/27 IA Act 16,18,19,20 ULA (P) Act was registered on 17 August 2022.

“Three people were arrested in above case FIR for harboring militants namely Arif Ahmad Wani, Shabir Ahmad Wani, Touseef Ahmad Wani sons of Mohd Khalil Wani R/O Kutpora, Shopian and process for attachment of property as proceed of terrorism has been initiated U/s 25 of UAPA, Act 1967,” it said.

“Further investigation of above cases is under process and SIT has been constituted,” the statement said. (KNO)

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