SILVER STAR SHOOTOUT: COPS QUESTION WITNESSES
‘We Can’t Say Whether It Was Attack On Hotel Or Army Convoy’
SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Oct 20: Police Saturday questioned over a dozen persons including the owner of Hotel Silver Star in connection with the Friday shootout that left one person dead and three others injured.
“We do not have any definite lead into the shootout but we are looking at all possible angles at this juncture, we cannot say whether it was an attack on hotel or army convoy,” a senior police official told Greater Kashmir.
The police official said death of the hotel staffer and injuries to his colleagues raises many questions about the target and motive behind the attack. Various teams of police and other security agencies have visited the site since yesterday to ascertain first-hand information about the shootout.
“Over a dozen persons including the owner of Hotel Silver Star were questioned by police investigating team,” said the police officer adding that so far nobody has been detained.
The persons who have been questioned include three to four eyewitnesses, the officer said. “The investigations reveal that gunmen who carried out the attack were three to four in number,” he said.
The senior police officer said that police in collaboration with other security agencies were carrying out cordon and search operations at various places since Friday evening. “A cordon and search operation was also carried out in Tangar, Pampore, Saturday evening,” he said.
Meanwhile, sources in Army said that soldiers have beefed up patrolling in Pampore, Khrew and all adjacent areas of Pantha Chowk.
In the backdrop of the shootout, security in Srinagar city has also been beefed up. Police and paramilitary forces were witnessed checking light vehicles at many places in Srinagar on Saturday.
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