‘Hybrid’ militant, associate involved in CRPF man’s killing in Shopian arrested: police

Police said the trooper was killed on the direction of LeT Commander Abid Ramzan Sheikh.
IGP Vijay Kumar
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March 13: Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a "hybrid" militant and his associate allegedly involved in the killing of an off-duty CRPF trooper in south Kashmir's Shopian district last night.

As per a police spokesman, the accused militant Rukhsar Sadiq Thoker son of Mohammad Sadiq Thoker resident of Rangmarg-Sedow killed the CRPF personnel Mukhtar Ahmad Doie yesterday at Check Chotipora area of Shopian.

On his disclosure, the weapon of offence, a pistol was also recovered from his possession, police said.

During Thoker's interrogation, his associate "who facilitated him in the commission of crime" too was arrested, police said. He has been identified as Amir Ahmad Dewan son of Khursheed Ahmad Dewan resident of Bohrihallan, Shopian.

A motorcycle "used in the commission of crime" was also recovered from his possession, added police.

"During further questioning, Rukhsar Sadiq confessed that he is a close associate of active terrorist Abid Ramzan Sheikh self-styled commander of proscribed terror outfit LeT and is hybrid terrorist of the said organization. Furthermore, he revealed that he along with his associate had committed the crime on the directions of said Abid Ramzan Sheikh in order to spread the terror atmosphere in the area. Investigation in the case is going on, further leads are expected".

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