Jammu & Kashmir

SIT constituted to investigate killing of Kashmiri Pandit in Shopian: Police

Locals gather outside deceased Kashmiri Pandit Sunil Kumar's house as his body reaches home in Chotigam village of Shopian district on August 16, 2022. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: Authorities on Wednesday said that Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted to investigate the matter of the killing of Sunil Kumar and injuries to his cousin brother Pertimber Nath of the Southern district of Shopian.

A top police officer said that a militant identified as Adil Ahmad Wani, resident of Kutpora, Shopian is involved in killing of Sunil Kumar from Chotigam, Shopian.

He said that acting on the input, a cordon and search operation was launched at his residence in Kutpora where he lobbed a grenade at armed forces, which was retaliated, however, he managed to escape taking advantage of the darkness.

He said three brothers of militant Aadil Wani, have been arrested for harbouring militants, and the process of attaching the house of Adil Wani has been initiated.

Jammu and Kashmir police said that it busted a militant hideout during a search operation in Kutpora village of Shopian district.

Notably, on Tuesday, Sunil Kumar was killed while his brother was injured after being attacked in their orchard in Chotigam Shopian.

Meanwhile, Police in a statement said that on 16th August 2022 at about 11:00 am two militants shot and killed Sunil Kumar Bhat, son of Sri Ji Bhat and injured his cousin Pertimber Nath son of Arjun Nath Bhat at his orchard in Chotigam, Shopian.

“Consequent upon the above militant act, case FIR No. 153/2022 U/S302, IPC, 7/27, IA Act and 16, 20 ULA(P) Act was registered in P/S Shopian and investigation process was set into motion and during the initial investigation, involvement of an active militant Adil Ahmad Wani son of Mohd Khalil Wani,  a resident of Kutpora surfaced,” the statement said.

It said that input was received by Police and SFs regarding the presence of accused Adil Wani at his ancestral house at Kutpora. On this information police, 34 RR and 178 Bn CRPF launched a CASO in the area in the wee hours on 17th August.

“During the search, militant lobbed a grenade on the search party which was retaliated by the search party. However, the militant escaped taking benefit of darkness,” it said.

Later on, the armed forces found a hideout in the house on the rooftop where arms and ammunition (one AK rifle along with a magazine and one pistol were found in the hideout), it states while adding that consequent, upon this militant act, a separate FIR No. 154/2022 U/S 307 IPC, 7/27 IA Act 16,18,19,20 ULA (P) Act was registered on 17th August, 2022.

“Three people were arrested in above case FIR for harbouring militants namely Arif Ahmad Wani, Shabir Ahmad Wani, Touseef Ahmad Wani sons of Mohd Khalil Wani R/O Kutpora, Shopian and process for attachment of property as proceed of militancy has been initiated U/s 25 of UAPA, Act 1967,” it said.

“Further investigation of above cases is under process and SIT has been constituted,” the statement said.


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