Srinagar 23 March: After the registration of FIR in the incident and on conclusion of investigation into the sensational June 2017 attack in which militants had killed Station House Officer Feroz Ahmad Dar and his five escort personnel in south Kashmir .
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the J&K Police had filed a detailed chargesheet on 5th February 2017 against four accused persons among the eight named in the case.
The investigation had “established that LeT militants headed by Bashir Lashkari – the main accused —- were involved” in the attack.
Based on the disclosures of Uttar Pradesh resident Sandeep Kumar, another accused in the case, who was arrested from an encounter site on July 1, 2017, in which Bashir Lashkari along with Pakistani militant Abu Maz was killed, the investigators were able to crack the SHO’s murder case. Both Ashraf, hailing from Branti village in Anantnag district, and Sandeep are currently in judicial custody.
In the forefront of anti-militancy operations in the area, SHO Feroz and his men were ambushed and shot at very close range at 6 pm on June 16 last year at Thajiwara village on the outskirts of Aanatnag town while they were returning to the Achabal police station .
Soon after the incident, Lashkar-e-Toiba had claimed responsibility for the attack, in which two civilians were also injured.
In the chargesheet which was filed before the Sessions Court in Anantnag in the first week of last month by SIT head and Superintendent of Police Tahir Ashraf KPS, the police have also named four active militants Khursheed Ahmad Ganai (from Branti in Anantnag), Mehrajuddin Bangroo, alias Asif (Narparistan, Srinagar), Sahir Ahmad Makroo (Bijbehara in Anantnag) and Zeenat-ul-Islam, alias Zeenshah (Malnard Sugan in Shopian), as the accused in the case ,but declared them as absconding.
It states that the main accused Bashir Ahmad Wani, alias Bashir Lashkari (of Kokernag), and Pakistani national Abu Maz were killed in an encounter at Branti in Anantnag on July 1, 2017.(KNB)