Jammu, May 13: On the intervening night of 07/08-05-2017 unidentified persons attacked police picket Tanta (Kahara) District Doda in which 02 SPOs namely Mohd Younus and Kikkar Singh were grievously injured. In view of the attack IGP Jammu, Dr. S.D Singh-IPS, Jammu visited Doda and passed directions to constitute a SIT. On this a case FIR No. 35/2017 U/S 307/120-B/RPC, 7/27 I.A.Act stands registered at P/S Gandoh and a special investigating team was constituted consisting of Addl. S.P Bhaderwah Sh. Shazaad Salaria, SDPO Gandoh Sh. Sunny Gupta, Inspector. Manjeet Singh and Inspr. Tahir Yousaf SHO P/S Gandoh which was to function under the supervision of SSP Doda Mr Mohd Shabir. SIT after visiting the spot conducted preliminary investigation along with a team of FSL, Jammu. From the Intelligence generated through local source, SIT picked up some suspects and on their disclosure apprehended one Abdul Rashid Harga @ Abdullah, S/O Mohd Iqbal R/O Tanta who had remained active militant of LeT outfit from 2001 to 2008 and had later surrendered. Abdul Rashid was again arrested in the year 2013 in case FIR No. 33/2013 U/S 307/RPC, 4/5 ESA of P/S Thathri and later bailed out in the year 2016. After sustained interrogation, Abdul Rashid Harga confessed his involvement in the firing incident and disclosed name of his two more associates namely his younger brother Shoket Ali S/O Mohd Iqbal R/O Tanta and Akthar Magary S/O Showket Magary R/O Tanda.
On sustained interrogation of the trio the entire chain of events leading to the attack on police picket was revealed. It turned out that Abdul Rashid Harga was in contact with one Bashir Ahmed S/O Mohd Israil R/O Bangraw Gandoh who was earlier working in 139 TA Bn in Thathri. Bashir Ahmed had a nephew Altaf Ahmed who is working as SPO in police department in Doda district and asked him to arrange weapon for him. The said SPO managed to steal one AK -47 Rifle along with ammunition from district Police Line Doda in the month of Jan-2017. A case FIR No. 37/2017 U/S 409 in this regard stands registered at Police Station Doda. He handed over this weapon to Bashir Ahmed, who was in contact with Abdul Rashid Harga and on realising that weapon given by SPO belongs to J&K Police he asked Abdullah to help him to take said weapon and replace with similar weapon of some militants.
Abdul Rashid Harga was in direct communication with his Pakistani Handler Mohd Amin @ KHUBEB @ HAROON @ PINNA LeT S/O Daood Bhat, originally resident of Kathava Phaksu, Thathri, Commander in Chief for Chinab valley. On the direction of Khubaib and Commanders of valley based militants organization, who were asking Harga to activate militancy in erstwhile Doda district. Abdul Rashid Harga @ Abdullah activated his newly recruited grid to keep vigil on the movement of security forces/police pickets in remote hilly areas of Gandoh belt and planned to attack the security forces. On 07-05-2017 Abdullah got the reccee of the police Picket Tanta and got the information of presence of only 02/03 men at Tanta Post falling under the jurisdiction of P/S Gandoh and directed his associates to reach in the forest area near the post. In the mid of night they attacked the Police Post Tanta in which 02 SPOs got injured one of them namely SPO Mohd Younis later succumbed to the injuries at GMCH Jammu on 10-05-2017. After attacking the post accused tried to set ablaze the Police Post, however due to quick reaction of the injured SPOs they fled from the spot taking the advantage of the darkness
During the course of investigation, involvement of 02 more sympathizers namely Shafqat Hussain S/o Mir Baz and Hafiz @ Shafqat S/O Abdul Qayoom both R/O Tanta surfaced in the execution of attack. On their interrogation, it came to light that Rashid @ Abdullah, Akhter and Shokat on the direction of Khubbeb @ Amin Butt is enticing the youths of Tanta area to join the militancy. Rashid @ Abdullah on VOIP calls also getting the young generation to speak to Khubbeb and other motivators/Supporters of LeT Outfits across the border for joining militancy. Rashid @ Abdullah was regularly conducting meetings in erstwhile militancy affected areas of Chenab Valley and motivating surrendered / Ex militants / OGWs.
On further interrogation of the accused weapon of offence AK-47 alongwith 03 magazines and ammunition has been recovered. The recovered weapon was required in case FIR No. 37/2017 u/s 409/RPC of P/S Doda.
With the arrest of these 05 accused, recovery of weapon and busting of LeT module the attack on the police picket case FIR No. 35/2017 u/s 302/307/120-B RPC 7/27 Arms Act of P/S Gandoh is worked out by the SIT headed by Addl. SP Bhaderwah, Shahzad Salaria under the supervision of SSP Doda Sh. Mohd Shabir-KPS and DIG of Police, DKR Range Sh. Nissar Ahmed under over all supervision of Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Jammu Dr. S.D.Singh Jamwal-IPS.