Nowhatta gunfight: One person arrested for providing scooter to militant

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Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday arrested a person for providing a scotty to a militant involved in a gunfight on Sunday in Nowhatta area of Srinagar.

A policeman was killed and at least one militant injured in the attack near Gani Memorial area of Rajouri Kadal falling within the jurisdiction of police station Nowhatta on Sunday evening.

“One Umer mukhtar Naqeeb S/o Bashir ahmad R/o Natipora arrested for providing a 2nd hand scooty to active terrorist Momin Gulzar on 27.07.2022. This scooty along with arms/ammunition/explosives/clothes/other incriminating material was recovered yesterday after chance encounter.(sic),” Srinagar Police tweeted.

Sources privy to the investigation said that the militants before carrying out the “major attack contacted their handlers in Pakistan through social media and informed them about the attack. TRF statement came prematurely about the attack, thinking the attack may have been executed.”

As the two reached near the Gani Memorial Stadium, a police party was deployed in the area. “On finding them in suspicious manner, the police party stopped the duo. In-turn the militants opened fire which was retaliated by the police party as result of which one or both militants got injured and they fled away taking advantage of darkness and built up area,” they said, adding, “Later the blood trails were seen upto 400 meters pointing that militants are injured as well”. One of the policeman Constable Sarfaraz Ahmad, a resident of Batote Ramban also suffered serious injuries in the militant attack and was taken to hospital and he succumbed to the wounds today morning.

The militant duo also left scooty along with the Ak-74 rifle, two grenades, they said. “Some extra clothes, a helmet and other incriminating material.”

Police also requested paramedics to inform them about the injured militant in case he turns up for a treatment in a hospital.

“Public is informed not to extend logistics to terrorists, failing which law will take it own course. Further, public especially hospitals/clinics/doctors are requested to give information about any unknown person(s) coming for treatment as fleeing terrorist(s) are injured.(sic),” police said. (GNS) 

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