A week on, no breakthrough in Shujaat’s assassination case

Published at June 22, 2018 02:30 AM 0Comment(s)3186views


A week on, no breakthrough in Shujaat’s assassination case

Javid Ahmad

Srinagar, June 21:

 A week after senior journalist and Rising Kashmir founding editor, Syed Shujaat Bukhari and his two security guards were killed by unidentified gunmen, police is yet to achieve any breakthrough in the case.
“The investigation is on. We are examining some people, who were around the incident site, to get proper leads to identify attackers,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police central Kashmir, Vidhi Kumar Birdi told Rising Kashmir.
Police was analysing CCTV footages and has examined around dozen persons to find leads to identify the attackers.
Bukhari and two of his security guards Abdul Hamid and Mumtaz Ahmad were shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside newspaper officer at busy Press Enclave, Srinagar on June 14 evening.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) of police headed by DIG Birdi is monitoring the investigation of the case.
Police has so far arrested one suspect Zubair Qayoom of Sadrabal, Srinagar, who had run away with pistol belonging to one of Shujaat’s PSOs and two mobile phones after assassination of Rising Kashmir founding editor and two of his security guards.
In the video which had gone viral, Zubair was seen picking up Mumtaz’s pistol from the ground, hiding it in his pocket and fleeing from the crime scene.
Police sources said Zubair was being interrogated by police and his complicity in the crime was being investigated.
However, a police officer said, it was premature to link him with any militant group.
“But, the suspect’s conduct is suspicious and unusual,” he said.
The investigation in Shujaat’s murder case, observers say, is unlike the case of dramatic escape of Pakistani militant, Naveed Jhatt from SMHS hospital on February 6 this year.
Police had cracked the case in 24 hours.
The killing of Rising Kashmir founding editor had sent shock waves in Jammu and Kashmir and abroad.
Earlier, DGP Shesh Paul Vaid had said there are important leads in the case and police would be able to work out the case in a limited period of time.
javid@risingkashmir.com

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