Srinagar attack: Five men arrested for helping militant escape from hospital

Security personnel during a search operation after an attack on SMHS hospital in Srinagar

Security personnel during a search operation after an attack on SMHS hospital in Srinagar

Srinagar-Government on Thursday suspended a top officer of central jail Srinagar in connection with the shootout that left two policemen dead while as LeT commander Naveed Jaat alias Abu Hanzullah escaped.

Jammu and Kashmir principal secretary, home, R.K. Goyal issued the order putting Central Jail superintendent Hilal Ahmad Rather under suspension "pending inquiry" into the incident.

"The services of Mr Mukesh Kumar Kakar, Additional SP Police Component, Anantnag, are placed at the disposal of the Prisons Department with immediate effect".

After killing the cops, Naveed along with two others fled on the motorbike and were dropped near the Abdullah Bridge in Srinagar.

"Since last February, she had been recommending Hunzullah to be sent SMHS hospital although his medical reports were normal", he revealed to CNN-News18.

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"So far we have been able to break who did it". It was an escape planned inside the jail. But the timing of the high-profile transfers led to speculation that the two paid the price for the security lapses. Successive governments in J&K have been deaf to the suggestions of posting the insecure Kashmiri officials in Jammu jails and vice versa.

"She has been relieved of her duties at SMHS and attached to the health department, pending enquiry", an official said. Police said that Jat was involved in three murder cases in 2013 in Pulwama and was facing trial in a number of cases across Kashmir.

Interestingly the same convict, noted for his jihadist ideology, has done Masters and Doctorate in the jail and he has been engaged as a Lecturer by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for educating the jail inmates who want to pursue graduation and post-graduation studies. The escape of 22-year-old Jutt when he was taken to the hospital for a routine check-up with five other prisoners, has been put down to a detailed conspiracy.

Sources said the incident happened at around 11:30 am following which the police sounded a red alert in entire Kashmir Valley, particularly in Srinagar. Then they hatched this plan to free him from the Srinagar hospital, " he said. Lashkar had not designated its new commander for Kashmir.

He said that one of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants Hilal Rather also participated in the act and "he is the one who provided pistol to Naveed and both fired at two cops, resulting in their death later". "We could have fired back in the hospital easily but it would have killed civilians".

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