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Nowgam attack: ‘militant wearing burka knocked at door of BJP leader, enquired in a female voice’

Inspector-General of Police in Kashmir Vijay Kumar on Thursday said four Lashkar-e-Toiba militants including two from Srinagar carried out the attack on the guard post of the house of senior BJP leader Muhammad Anwar Khan in Aribagh, Nowgam area in which a policeman got killed.

He also confirmed that the militants took away a riffle as well from the spot.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the wreath-laying ceremony of slain cop Rameez Raja, who was deployed at the guard post outside the resident residence of BJP leader, the IGP said: “After examining the CCTV footage, one burqa-clad militant knocked at the door and when the door was opened, two others fired indiscriminately and the fourth one came and took away the riffle.”

He said initially “we thought the first one wearing burqa was a female, after investigating the leads thoroughly, he was the male militant who had changed his voice to deceive the sentry on duty.”

The IGP said two of the four militants involved in the act have been identified as Shahid Khursheed and Obaid Shafi.

“Both belong to Lashkar-e-Toiba. The identity of two others is being ascertained who is also believed to be from Lashkar,” he said.

The Kashmir police chief said anti-militancy operations will further be intensified. “We had launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Chanapora in the morning. We have been conducting the searches since January onwards but haven’t been successful in catching the militants’ active in Srinagar. We will work out on human and technical inputs further and catch them soon.”

He said that one of the militants involved in the incident Shahid Khursheed of Chanapora is already a categorized militant with the police.

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