Srinagar Hospital Attack: Scientific evidence helped ascertain culprits, says Munir Khan

Militant escapes after Srinagar hospital attack

Naveed Jat had been suffering from “abdominal pain and a skin issue”

Mr Khan said the conspiracy to free Naveed Jutt from police custody was hatched four months ago but did not succeed in the first attempt. However, Kashmir Police chief Munir Ahmad Khan refused to describe it as security lapse saying, "ask this to the DG prisons". If Naveed would have killed one or two people in his efforts to escape, it would be nothing for them. "Immediately after the incident a special investigation team was constituted".

"After their arrest, we are left with Naveed, who is still at large, and another militant Hilal".

Explaining that why militants went to such lengths to free Naveed, Khan said that the LeT had lost most of its local leadership and were desperately looking to free one of their jailed colleague to fill the leadership vacuum.

Four other persons who are reported to have facilitated the getaway or were in close contact with the accused too have been taken into custody. He said it was being thoroughly investigated how one of the key actors of the escape drama, Tika Khan of Pulwama, and his associates had been frequently visited Srinagar Central Jail and how the information about Abu Hanzalla's movement to the hospital had been leaked to the terrorists. Sources said Jati had already planned the escapade over the phone, in connivance with his accomplices outside the jail.

He said after killing the policemen, Jutt and two militants fled on the motorbike and then at Abdullah Bridge, Tika picked them up in the auto and took them to his home at Kakpora. "They had brought motor cycle and auto".

"We are replacing all the four Assistant Surgeons including the two who have been ill since long. This particular case requires professional investigation", he added.

Khan clarified that Naveed did not "snatch" the gun, but "a loaded pistol was dropped by Hilal in his pocket, and he used to fire at the police officer". "But we are a professional police force and we can not open fire like that", Khan said.

We are not terrorists.

"It is not "you couldn't catch them, they overtook us, ' no!"

According to officials, "the suspension of the Jail Superintendent, was taken up for his carelessness and dereliction of duty in the supervision and surveillance of hundreds of prisoners and under-trials, mostly locals and Pakistani militants, and others involved in stone-pelting and attacks on public property". "I believe a magisterial probe is also being ordered to ascertain all that led to the attack and the subsequent escape", Vaid said.

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