Policemen Carried Attack On Qureshi: Probe

Policemen Carried Attack On Qureshi: Probe

24 October 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: The policemen, who were working for militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, had carried out assassination attempt on Hurriyat (M) leader Fazl-ul-Haq Qureshi, a probe by J and K police has claimed. “During extensive interrogation of the arrested Jammu and Kashmir Police constables-Abdul Rashid Shigen, Imtiyaz Ahmed Gojri and Manzoor Ahmed Chiloo- by various security agencies, it has emerged that they carried out attack on Qureshi at the instruction of Syed Salahuddin, Hizbul Mujahideen supremo,” official sources said. 68-year-old Qureshi, who played a key role in the secret talks held between the Mirwaiz Umer Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference and the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, was shot at on December 4, 2009 in the outskirts of Srinagar city. The police constables were arrested in August this year. “During investigation, during which all the three constables were confronted with each other, probe agencies claimed the trio had extensively carried out a reconnaissance of Qureshi's daily routine before carrying out the attack. The three arrested persons, who claimed responsibility for a dozen other terror attacks, purportedly told investigators the attack weapon had been provided by Bilal Shera, a close confidante of Hizb Chief,” the sources said. They said Shera was in close touch with the team and had been passing instructions to them over phone and Internet telephony. The bullet that shattered Qureshi's skull minutes after he left his local mosque on December 4 was fired by Gojri from a point-blank range while the other two raised a hue and cry to ensure safe escape in the melee. Al-Nasreen had claimed responsibility for the attack on Qureshi. Qureshi has also played a key role in brokering the ceasefire along with Hurriyat leader Abdul Gani Lone, who was assassinated in 2002.