A Pakistani terrorist in police custody escaped this morning as he was brought to a Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh hospital for a routine medical check-up.
But while entering the hospital premises, two to three militants waiting for them opened fire injuring two policemen.
Mohammad Naveed Jat, who is a close associate of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Abu Qasim is a resident of Multan in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Jat, also known as Abu Hanzulla, was allegedly involved in the killing of many policemen and a teacher, sources said.
He was arrested in South Kashmir, the hotbed of militancy, in 2014 and was lodged in Srinagar’s Rainawari jail.
Following the attack, the attackers along with the terrorists fled the spot.
One of the injured cops, Head-Constable Mushtaq Ahmed, died minutes after being shot, while the second cop who was battling for life in a City hospital died later in the afternoon.
Speaking to media, Srinagar Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiaz Ismail Parray clarified that a prisoner named Abu Hanzulla alias Naveed Jatt fired shots and escaped from police custody.
Naveed snatched weapons from police and fired at the protection party while he was being brought from Central Jail along with five other prisoners, said the SSP.
According to eyewitness accounts, the terrorists opened fire as soon as Jat, along with five other prisoners and the police team, got off the vehicle outside the Out-Patient Department of the 70-year-old hospital. They were lying in wait in the parking lot of the hospital.
While the police nabbed the five prisoners, Naveed managed to flee away from the spot.
The J&K police and CRPF reinforcements have started searches in the area and launched a manhunt for the gunmen, the sources said.