Jammu & Kashmir

Building owner Altaf was used as human shield by foreign militant, killed in cross fire: SIT

Family members of slain during protest in press colony. [FPK File Photo]

‘Dr Mudasir Gul killed by foreign militant’

‘Amir Magray was close aide of foreign militant’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday said that apart from a foreign militant, a local youth from Jammu had been staying with the foreigner for a long while as both were staying in the room of Dr Mudasir Gul.

Police said that the local youth Amir Magray was a militant and had lied about the presence of foreign militants in the building and that the building owner was made a human shield by the foreign militant who got killed in a cross-fire.

Addressing a press conference at police control room (PCR), DIG central Kashmir Sujit Kumar Singh, while giving a detailed presentation about the investigations carried out into the Hydeprora military operation said that the CCTV footage and other evidence show that building owner Altaf was used as a human shield by the foreign militant Bilal Bhai, who was living in Dr Mudasir Gul’s chamber along with Amir Magray.

The DIG, who was heading the SIT into the Hyderpora military operation, said that the CCTV footage shows that Dr Mudasir Gul was traveling with the foreign militant in his vehicle in Srinagar city.

“The footage and other evidence show that Amir Magray had accompanied the foreign militant during Jamalata Srinagar attack. Amir would often travel to Bandipora and Gurez, an angle which is still under investigation,” DIG Sujit Kumar Singh said.

He said that prima-facie evidence shows that Dr Mudasir Gul was shot dead by the foreign militant on the directions “possibly from across.”

“The investigations reveal that building owner Altaf Bhat was made human shield by foreign militant and that he was killed in a crossfire,” said the DIG, who was flanked by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh and IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

He said that Amir Magray was a militant. “Two pistols and four magazines were recovered from the operation site,” the DIG said.

He said that the family of the building owner hasn’t given them a proper reply as to who was living on the rent, what was their rent payment system, rent deed, etc.

“There are no satisfactory details from Altaf’s family,” he said.

However, the families of the trio Mohammad Altaf Bhat, Muddasir Gul, and Amir Ahmed, have been denying the statements police issued in this regard till now and maintain that their kin were “civilians and killed in a staged military operation”.

The bodies of Altaf and Gul were first buried by police at Handwara graveyard and after massive outcry followed by protests by the families of the slain duo, their bodies were exhumed and later handed over to the families for the last rites.

The probe had been ordered by the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha, who had promised the public that the probe will be conducted in a time-bound manner.


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