SPO who looted rifles was in contact with militants: DGP

Director General of police, Dilbagh Singh, on Saturday said the police have got some leads “on the connections” of the Special Police Officer (SPO) who fled with seven rifles on Friday from the official residence of PDP legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir.
SPO who looted rifles was in contact with militants: DGP
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Director General of police, Dilbagh Singh, on Saturday said the police have got some leads "on the connections" of the Special Police Officer (SPO) who fled with seven rifles on Friday from the official residence of PDP legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir.

Singh said the SPO had come in contact with the militants and that the police were working on many leads.

Last night, police said an SPO Adil Bashir posted with the MLA fled with at least eight weapons, including the licensed pistol of the legislator, from his official residence in Srinagar.

While talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in Bandipora today, Singh said that stringent action was being taken against those whose "irresponsibility" led to the incident. "Those who have not done their duty with responsibility will be dealt with strictly," he added.

On being asked if the legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir would be quizzed by the police, DGP said: "I cannot say anything regarding this as of now but if the need arises during the investigation of the case anyone would be questioned."

As far as (local body and panchayat) elections are concerned, he said the police, the CRPF and the civil administration were working together for smooth conduct of ULB and Panchayat polls and they had completed all the preparations for conducting polls smoothly and peacefully.  He also said that there was nothing to worry about the elections as everything was going on "smoothly" and the civil administration was also doing its job efficiently.

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