Srinagar, July 15, 2017: Claiming a major breakthrough, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing Monday’s Amarnath Yatra terror attack has arrested a local policeman who served as a driver of the ruling PDP MLA from Shopian Aijaz Ahmad Mir on suspicion of aiding terrorist strike.
As per the police sources, “The SIT is questioning a ruling PDP legislator since the arrested policeman, identified as Touseef Ahmad of state security wing, was posted on the legislator’s personal security.”
The policeman belonging to Pulwama district was picked up on Thursday by the SIT following a phone intercept.
The intercept, according to sources, is based on the policeman’s conversation with a handler of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The state police has said the attack was carried out by the LeT outfit and a Pakistani national, Muhammad Abu Ismail, along with another foreigner and three local militants were involved in the attack.
“The police are trying to ascertain as to who provided the details about the movement of the vehicle during the Yatra,” the sources said.
So far, around 20 persons have been detained for questioning by the police in connection with the investigations into the terror attack.
Within a span of five minutes, militants attacked twice in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, in which seven killed and 18 devotees injured who were headed to Jammu after visiting the Amarnath cave shrine.
However, the casualties could have been much higher, but thanks to the bus driver Sheikh Salim Gafoor Bhai who bravely drove away from the scene and saved lives of over 50 pilgrims.