MLA’s 7 guards quizzed day after SPO flees with 7 rifles, pistol

A day after a Special Police Officer ran away with seven rifles and a pistol from the residence of PDP lawmaker Aijaz Mir, police sealed the quarters to collect evidence and also detained for questioning Mir’s seven guards.
MLA’s 7 guards quizzed day after SPO flees with 7 rifles, pistol
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A day after a Special Police Officer ran away with seven rifles and a pistol from the residence of PDP lawmaker Aijaz Mir, police sealed the quarters to collect evidence and also detained for questioning Mir's seven guards. 

Mir, who is an MLA from Wachi assembly constituency, is also likely to face questioning in the days ahead.

"Experts from the forensic science laboratory (FSL), who are stationed at police control room, took samples, pictures and collected other available evidence to supplement police investigations," a police official said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media. 

Additional director general of police (law and order, security) Munir Khan said all seven PSOs of the lawmaker, whose rifles were taken away by the SPO, are being questioned.

"No conclusion can be drawn till investigations are complete," he said.

On Thursday evening, SPO Adil Bashir Sheikh fled with seven AK-47 rifles and Mir's licensed pistol from J-11 quarters at Jawahar Nagar in Srinagar after entering the lodging on the pretext of cleaning rooms. 

The incident, first of its kind in the past 28 years, sent entire security grid into a tizzy. The police had announced a high alert and a reward of Rs 2 lakh for clues about Adil's location.  However, police didn't achieve any breakthrough yet.    

Director general of police Dilbagh Singh has stated Adil was in contact with militants and might have carried out the act at their behest. A source in the police, however, said the seven PSOs detained for questioning are likely to be suspended for dereliction of duties. 

"There are clear directions that while going for leave the SPOs must deposit their weapons before the heads of their respective battalions," the source said.  

Khan had told Greater Kashmir on Friday that the police would investigate whether the act was carried out in connivance with militants. 

MLA Mir has been out of Kashmir for the past 12 days and all his seven PSOs were at their respective homes on leave. They had, however, kept their weapons at Mir's official residence, which is always guarded by a watchtower where security personnel remain present round the clock. 

Deputy inspector general of police for Central Kashmir range V K Birdhi said: "As per the rules PSOs should have deposited their weapons before the heads of their battalions. Action will be taken against them for this."

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