The Jammu and Kashmir Police are re-investigating the recent terrorist strikes in Srinagar after busting a nexus between some policemen and militants. Three constables have been arrested for "being in touch with anti-national elements", and with this the May 31 attack on a CRPF installation in old city's Khanyar by motorcycle-borne militants has also come under fresh scrutiny. Seven personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were injured in that attack.
According to the police, during investigations of a case lodged under FIR No 48/2012 with Srinagar's Shergardhi police station, the involvement of a constable came to the fore. The constable has been booked under sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act and section 3 of the Police Enhanced Penalties Ordinance.
These sections are imposed on a person who is a member of a terrorist organisation or takes part in their meetings or in any way assists the operations of such organisations. The sections also include the charge of involvement in possession of any unlicensed firearms, ammunition, explosive or substance capable of causing casualties or damage to any property.
Two other state police constables were found involved during the course of investigation. "All three have been taken into custody and their conduct is being scrutinised," the police told HT.
Though all senior police officers in Srinagar are guarding details, sources said one of the three constables was floated as a mole into the militant network, but over a period of time he switched sides.
The police cyber cell in the summer capital is now tasked with unearthing the nexus, and the counter-insurgency grid has been asked to probe the recent militants attacks again.
A recent instance of a mole being co-opted and then actively working with militants was revealed by deputy inspector general (DIG), central Kashmir, Afad-ul-Mujtaba on June 14. "One of the pivotal characters of the criminal conspiracy (of a car bomb planted in Srinagar on May 17) is Mohammad Yusuf Lone. Lone coordinated the aborted attack with other members of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) module and was previously working as a source for the law-enforcement agencies. But later on, he switched loyalties," he had said.
The May 17 Srinagar bombing plan, which was foiled as the police managed to get information and defused the bombs, was allegedly planned by a Lashkar module based in south Kashmir's Tral. The module is known to be headed by Pakistan resident Qasim Bhai, an expert in handling improvised explosive devices (IED). This module had co-opted Lone into its ranks.