SMHS Shootout: Police arrests five for allegedly facilitating escape of Lashkar militant

Srinagar: Cops have arrested at least five people who have allegedly facilitated the  escape of Lshkar militant Naveed Jutt after a brief shootout at the SMHS hospital in Srinagar, reported the Press Trust of India.

The attack left two cops dead.

The JK Police has conducted overnight raids in Pulwama district and have arrested five people in connection with the escape of Naveed alias Abu Hanzala.

Earlier the Director General of Police SP Vaid had said that the escape was not possible without connivance at the Srinagar Central Jail.

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A massive man hunt is already afoot to arrest Naveed, who has joined back his rank in Lashkar, according to avideo clip released by Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo.

Meanwhile Lashkar has congratulated militants for freeing their fellow. In a statement, LeT chief  said that the episode is the apex of militants strategy, planning and commitment to their cause. “All who participated in this momentous operation deserve congratulations and high level of appreciations.”

On Wednesday, the government informed that the FIR in connection with the shootout at SMHS hospital his been registered and the investigations have been taken up.

Earlier the Opposition while demanded a thorough probe into the matter had called the shootout a ‘serious security lapse.’

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