Arrested Kashmir Cops Struck Deal To Pass On Sensitive Info To Hizb

Arrested Kashmir Cops Struck Deal To Pass On Sensitive Info To Hizb

21 June 2012
The Hindustan Times
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: In a sensational disclosure in the police-militants nexus unearthed in Kashmir recently, the four cops were allegedly co-opted by largest indigenous militant group Hizbul Mujahideen to secure information about senior police official and coordinate blasts in the valley. Sources said the police remand application, filed before first additional munsif in Srinagar on Thursday, said Muhammad Abbas Rather - an employee with Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and assigned to infiltrate into militants ranks - was questioned on June 15 in a firing incident on a released Hizb militant in south Kashmir. 'During his search, the police recovered a document written in Urdu. It revealed how to prepare an IED and use it. The document indicated that the person was in league with militants and was planning to explode IEDs to terrorise people,' said the police document submitted to the court for extending police remand of the accused cops. 'He (Rather) was in league with anti-national people and involved in terrorist activities,' it said. Police suspect that its moles had switched sides and started working for the Hizb. The four cops are also suspected of providing sensitive information and acting as weapon courier. These arrests have brought spotlight back on unaccounted weapons in possession of the some policemen and its subsequent sale to militants as part of counter-insurgency operations in the state. The police are investigating any sale of weapons against money to the militant group. The recent attacks in Srinagar are also under scanner. Rather's questioning by the police was followed by arrests of three more police personnel - Riaz Ahmed, Mohammad Ilyas and Mukhtar Ahmad Sheikh. Sheikh's name had come up during the investigations of the Mumbai attacks in 2008. A resident Srinagar, Sheikh worked with top police officers but was arrested in December 2008 for securing SIM cards for Mumbai attackers. Sheikh was let off later as the Jammu and Kashmir police claimed that he had planted 22 SIM cards in Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) as part of the police design to crackdown on the militant outfit. In 2012, Sheikh along with Ilyas and Ahmad met Hizb militant Shabir Ahmad alias Adil in Tral area of Pulwama in south Kashmir to strike a deal for information and weapons. 'It was decided that militants would be provided pictures of police officials, their residential houses and information regarding movement of police officials in lieu of the huge money,' said the police report. The policemen have been booked under Section 10, 13, 18 of the Unlawful Prevention Activities Act and Section 3 of Police Enhanced Penalties Ordinance. These sections are slapped on a person who is a member of a terrorist organization or takes part in their meetings or in any way assists the operations of such organizations. The section also refers to the person's involvement in possession of any unlicensed firearms, ammunition, explosive or substance capable of causing casualties or damage to any property.