Within hours of the killing of a CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police claimed arrest of the assailant and recovered the weapon of offence on Sunday.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said an overground worker (OGW) or a militant associate has also been arrested in connection with the case.
Militants shot dead off-duty CRPF personnel Mukhtar Ahmad at his home in the Check Chotipora area of Shopian in south Kashmir on Saturday evening.
“We have arrested #killer of CRPF personnel. #Weapon of #offence (pistol) recovered on his disclosure. 01 OGW who accompanied him during #terror crime also arrested,” the IGP said in a tweet.
He said the crime was committed under the direction of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abid Ramzan Sheikh.
In a statement later, a police spokesperson identified the alleged assailant as Rukhsar Sadiq Thoker, a resident of Rangmarg-Sedow and an active militant.
The weapon of offence — a pistol — was also seized from his possession.
“During the course of the investigation, he (Thoker) disclosed the identity of another militant associate who facilitated him in the commission of the crime. He (the militant associate) has been identified as Amir Ahmad Dewan, a resident of Bohrihallan in Shopian, who too was arrested and on his disclosure, a motorcycle used in the commission of the crime was recovered,” the spokesperson said.
During further questioning, Thoker confessed that he is a close associate of Sheikh, the self-styled commander of the LeT and a hybrid militant of the said organisation.