Srinagar hospital attack: 4 arrested for helping Pakistani militant escape

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The sources revealed on Thursday that the Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested four people directly involved in Tuesday’s raid in Srinagar, which permitted a Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist to escape. They added that six other men, who are mostly ground workers, have also been detained for questioning.

They said that most of the arrested men belong to south Kashmir’s Pulwama area and were captured by the state police’s special operation group during separate raids on Wednesday night. “Four people, who had done a recce and were also present in the hospital during the shootout, were arrested. Two of them had even fired,” a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity. The Kashmir’s homegrown militant group Hizbul Mujahideen took the responsibility for the attack on Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital through which gunmen shot dead two policemen and freed Naveed Jhatt, who was bought for a checkup in custody.

Naveed Jhatt and another militant are still to be captured. The officials said that the police were able to wipe out on the four accused through the help of CCTV camera footage and conversations on social media. They have also captured a motorcycle allegedly used by the militants to flee from the area. The 20-year-old Jhatt got commando training at the Lakshar’s headquarters in Muridke prior to the sneaking into India as a teenager in 2012. Jhatt was arrested in 2014 and managed to get a stay order on his transfer from Srinagar’s central jail to another jail outside the valley in 2016 and next in 2017.

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