Ex-SPO among 2 militants behind killings

A Special Police Officer (SPO) who had deserted the force in 2017 is among the two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists behind the recent killing of two non-Kashmiri civilians and setting ablaze an apple-laden truck in Shopian district of south Kashmir, officials said today.
The authorities have put up posters in different areas of Shopian with the pictures of the terrorists — former SPO Syed Naveed Mushtaq alias Naveed Babu of Nazneenpora and Rahil Magray of Ganavpora — and requested the people to share information that might lead to their capture.
The posters in Urdu read that the two terrorists were behind the recent killing of an innocent truck driver and a trader and injuring another trader, besides setting ablaze an apple-laden truck this week.
Though the police did not mention the group affiliation of the terrorists, officials said both were affiliated to the proscribed Hizbul Mujahideen.
Naveed deserted the police force to join the terrorist ranks in 2017 and is currently the district commander of the outfit, the officials said. He had decamped with four weapons then. He has been threatening apple growers not to send their produce to Indian markets, they said.(PTI)