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J&K Police detain 3 in Rajasthan, one of them was wanted for Kulgam attack

Police constable Khurshid Ahmad was killed in the attack on police team on October 14

dehradun Updated: Oct 21, 2017 18:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Army soldiers near the site of gunfight in Kulgam in February 2017.
Army soldiers near the site of gunfight in Kulgam in February 2017. (HT File Photo)

The Jammu and Kashmir Police in a joint operation with the Railway Protection Force (RPF) have detained three men who are suspected to be involved in the killing of a police constable in Kashmir’s Kulgam district on October 14, officials said Saturday.

The three men, all from J&K, were travelling in the Jammu-Tawi Express and were detained near Medta City in Nagaur district on Thursday. They had boarded the train from Ahmedabad.

According to the senior officials of the Rajasthan Police’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS), one of the men is a named accused in the attack on a police vehicle in Kulgam in which constable-driver Khurshid Ahmad Tak was killed.

“The men were detained on Thursday. One of the detained suspects, Sohail Khan Gani is a named accused in the killing of Ahmad on October 14,” said inspector general of police, ATS, Biju George Joseph.

The police said that the men were detained after a tip off by the J&K Police.

“The trio had boarded the train at Ahmedabad and identified themselves as apple merchants. It is yet to be ascertained whether the two others with Sohail had any role to play in the attack,” said Joseph.

Officials from the Rajasthan ATS informally questioned the trio to determine whether they were planning to carry out any illegal activities in the desert state.

“The men were handed over to the J&K Police. They have been taken back to the state,” the IG said.

Ahmad died of bullet injuries he had sustained when militants opened fire at a police team that was returning from a medical camp.

“Despite being injured, Tak displayed conspicuous act of courage by successfully taking the vehicle out of arch of fire and saved lives of others. He attained martyrdom in the process,” a J&K Police spokesperson had said.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 18:01 IST

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