3 arrested for attack on BJP leader

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Nov 2: Police today arrested three private security guards for their involvement in the attack on a BJP leader in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir and said they were tasked by militants to prepare a kill list of political workers and target them.
Three private security guards working in ATMs and hospital were arrested for their involvement in the attack on District Vice President of BJP Ghulam Qadir at Nunner Ganderbal in which one militant and a police man were killed.
Militants attacked the BJP leader on October 6 at Nunner Ganderbal in which he survived but one militant involved in the attack Shabir Ahmad Shah of Tral and a constable Mohammad Altaf of Srinagar were killed.
A case (FIR No 209 of 2020 under section 302 IPC ,13,16,18 UA(P)A and 7/27 IA Act ) was registered at Police Station Ganderbal and investigation set into motion.
Police said that during investigation involvement of one Qaiser Ahmad Sheikh, a Hospital Security Guard, of Serch village in Ganderbal was unravelled. “However, he upon questioning tried to dodge the investigation agency. Technical details sought through ESU revealed some startling facts and his sustained questioning on October 30 revealed that he was an active member of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and had been instrumental in the attack”, police said.
Police arrested him and on his disclosure one pistol, a magazine with 3 rounds of ammunition and some Pak flags were recovered.
Police said that during questioning, he disclosed involvement of two other persons Hilal Ahmad Mir of Bernbugh Kangan, working as ATM Guard at SKIMS, and Asif Ahmad Mir of Serch Ganderbal working as Private Security Guard at SMHS. Police arrested the duo and one more Chinese pistol and ammunition, two detonators, Pakistan flags and other incriminating material was recovered at their instance.
The official said that all the three had come in contact with militants in South Kashmir and were tasked to prepare a kill list of local political workers and attack them.
Police said that further investigation in the case is going on and more arrests are likely.