Budgam gunfight: SPO turned militant gives slip to forces, another militant caught alive

Srinagar, October 16:A Special Police Officer (SPO) turned militant managed to escape while his aide was caught alive in a search operation conducted after an encounter that broke out at Chadoora area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district this morning, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said Friday.

Addressing a press conference at police station Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, IGP Kumar said that SPO Altaf Hussain who fled from his unit on October 13 (Wednesday) along with his friend Jehangir Ahmed Bhat, fired at a security forces party at Chadoora, Budgam in the morning. “However, security forces cordoned off the area and cornered the militants. They had emptied a full magazine of AK-47 while firing at the forces,” the IGP said.

He said that SPO Altaf managed to escape from the cordon amid firing but security forces caught Jehangir alive. “One Ak-47 rifle and a magazine have been recovered from Jehangir,” the IGP said, adding that Jehangir was a stone-pelter and an Over Ground Worker (OGW).

He said that security forces exercised maximum restraint by catching the militant alive. “Jehangir was missing since past four days and had got the AK-47 rifle from SPO Altaf, who had decamped with two AK-47 rifles from his unit,” the Kashmir police chief said.

He said: “We urge parents to keep a close watch on the children and ensure they don’t tread on wrong path. We could have killed Jehangir but we conducted the operation professionally and caught him alive.” The IGP appealed the family members of SPO Altaf to bring their son back by approaching him—(KNO)

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