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NIA gets custody of five accused in militant’s escape from Srinagar hospital

The five men had allegedly helped LeT terrorist Naveed Jhatt escape from the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar on February 6. They were caught after two days.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2018 22:35 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jammu
Naveed Jhatt,Srinagar hospital attack,Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital
Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Naveed Jhatt.(PTI File Photo)

The five accused arrested in connection with Lashkar-e-Taiba militant Naveed Jhatt’s escape from a hospital in Srinagar were Friday remanded in seven-day National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody by a special court here, an official said.

The special NIA court here granted seven days of remand of all the five accused who were nabbed by the Jammu and Kashmir police on February 8, two days after Jhatt alias Abu Hanzalla escaped from the busy SMHS hospital, a spokesperson for the agency said.

Jhatt had managed to escape on February 6 after at least two other militants attacked a police escort team at the hospital, where he was brought in for treatment. Two policemen -- head constable Mushtaq Ahmed and constable Babar Ahmed -- of the Jammu and Kashmir Police were killed by Jhatt and his accomplice during their escape.

All the five accused -- Shakeel Ahmed Bhat, Tika Khan, Syed Tajamul Islam, Mohammed Shafi Wani and Jan Mohammed Ganai -- were charged with conspiring the escape of 22-year-old Jhatt. All of them are residents of Pulwama in south Kashmir.

The NIA has re-registered the case in Jhatt’s escape.

The accused will be produced before the specially-designated NIA special court here tomorrow, when the police will seek his custody, , the Spokesperson said.

According to the police, Bhat is believed to be one of the masterminds of the escape plan and his motorcycle was used in it.

Khan, a resident of Pulwama, is alleged to have provided his car for further transportation of Jhatt out of the city, the police said. Jhatt is at present believed to be in Pulwama area, they said. Shafi, who is from Narbal on the outskirts of Srinagar city, had posed as a patient to provide cover for the terrorists’ escape.

First Published: Feb 16, 2018 22:34 IST