Ultras Gun Down Kashmir DIG
2 February 2004
Srinagar: In the first ever major killing of a senior police official since the outbreak of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, militants shot dead Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Kashmir, Mohammed Amin Bhat in the compound of a mosque in the Barzullah area here on Monday . Bhat was fired upon by militants with silencer-fitted pistols leaving him critically injured with three bullet wounds in his throat, Senior Superintendent of Police Javed Mujtaba Gilani said. He was rushed to the state hospital where doctors declared him 'brought dead', Mr Gilani said. A retired sports official, Nazir Ahmed Khan, was also injured but his condition is stated be out of danger, Mr Gilani added. Bhat, who was serving as dig (Crime) in Jammu and had come here to celebrate Eid with his family, was instrumental in the revival of the intelligence unit of the State Police during the early 90s. A little-known militant outfit, Save Kashmir Movement, has claimed responsibility for the killing. Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) k ranjendra said that several teams had been fanned out to nab the killers. 'I wonder what kind of jehad (armed crusade) is this. A person is shot dead after Eid prayers,' he said, adding, 'This act of cowardice will not go unpunished.' Director General of State Police Gopal Sharma rushed from Jammu to Srinagar after hearing the news. Condemning the killing, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in a statement from Saudi Arabia where he is leading the Indian Haj delegation, said, 'I am shocked to learn about the killing of Bhat. It is yet another senseless act to derail the peace process which has taken off in the state according to the sentiments of the people'. The Chief Minister conveyed his condolences and sympathies to the bereaved family. Top ranking police officials of the state, including sharma, also condoled the death of Bhat. CPM leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami termed Bhat's killing as a 'tremendous loss' to the State Police and said 'his killing had led to a void in the state.'