Jammu, Feb 8: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday accepted that security lapses led to the subsequent escape of a Pakistani terrorist from a Srinagar hospital.
Director General of Police (DGP) S.P.Vaid stated the militant attack and subsequent escape of Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah on February 6 from the SMHS hospital was not possible without complicity at Central Jail in Srinagar.
“An SIT headed by a Superintendent of Police is looking into this incident. I believe a magisterial probe is also being ordered to ascertain all that led to the attack and the subsequent escape,” news agency IANS quoted Vaid was saying.
When asked why such a high-value catch had been lodged in the Srinagar prison, and not outside the Kashmir Valley, as most other such detainees were, Vaid said Hunzullah had been shifted to Srinagar following a court order.
After Tuesday’s escape of Hunzullah from the Out Patients Department (OPD) of Karan Nagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, which claimed lives of two policemen, gaping holes in the security setup came to light.
Several questions have been raised following the escape in broad daylight: Why were only two policemen escorting the militant when he was taken to the hospital along with other detainees for a routine medical check-up?
Was the standard operating procedure (SOP) prescribed for such visits strictly followed? Unless the exact movement, time and route was known to the militants planning the attack, could such a successful escape be executed?
More important than anything else, unless exact details were leaked to the militants from the Srinagar Central Jail, the attack would not have taken carried out.
As authorities battle answers to these embarrassing questions, intelligence reports here suggest that the escape was planned by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in tandem with the Hizbul terror outfit.