The Jammu and Kashmir Police are reinvestigating the recent militant attacks in Srinagar after it busted a police-militants nexus and arrested three cops for “being in touch with anti-national elements”.
According to the police, during investigations of a case lodged under FIR No 48/2012 with Srinagar’s Shergardhi police station, it came to the fore that a constable was “involved and in touch with anti-national elements”.
The constable has been booked under Section 10, 13, 18 of the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act and Section 3 of Police Enhanced Penalties Ordinance.
These sections are slapped on a person who is a member of a terrorist organization or takes part in their meetings or in any way assists the operations of such organizations.
The police said two more constables of the police were found involved in such activities during the course of investigation. “These three constables have been taken into custody and their conduct is being scrutinized,” said the police.
All senior police officers in Srinagar are maintaining silence over the sensational discourse. The Cyber Cell of the police in Srinagar is on the task to unearth the nexus and counter-insurgency grid has been asked to investigate recent militants attacks.
Police sources said one of the three arrested constables was floated as a mole into the militant networks for intelligence gathering and over a period of time, switched sides and worked for the “anti-national elements”.
The sensational attack on the CRPF installation in the old city’s Khanyar area on May 31 by motorcycle borne militants has also come under fresh scrutiny. Seven CRPF personnel were injured in the attack.
The worries for the police are growing. On June 14, the police admitted to have lost an intelligence-gathering mole to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“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 abortive car bomb attack with other members of the LeT module and was previously working as a source of the law enforcement agencies. But later on, he switched over loyalties to the LeT,” said DIG central Kashmir Afad-ul-Mujtaba in Srinagar recently.
The LeT module based in south Kashmir’s Tral was behind the attack and is spearheaded by an improvised explosive device expert Qasim Bhai, a resident of Pakistan.
The LeT module had co-opted the “police source” Lone into their ranks and tried to make an abortive bid to resort to a sensational car attack in Srinagar on May 17.