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4 OGWs arrested in Bandipora cab driver’s killing case: Police

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‘5th OGW who fired at civilian is absconding, and has joined militant ranks’

Srinagar: Police on Sunday said it has arrested four over-ground workers (OGWs) of LeT (TRF) involved in the killing of Muhammad Shafi Lone alias Sonu, a cab driver in Shahgund, Bandipora few days back.

“The killing was carried out at the behest and instruction of LeT (TRF) handler Lala Umar, a resident of Pakistan. To carry out the nefarious design, a conspiracy was hatched by a LeT (TRF) module of Shahgund, Hajin area. The module carried out a thorough recee of the target and all his movements were closely watched,” a Police spokesman said in a statement issued today.

The spokesman said: “On the fateful evening, one of the OGWs, known to the victim, called him for a meeting at Gundboon where a detailed ambush/trap had been laid by the other members of the module. Once the victim reached the spot he was swiftly assassinated.”

He said that a special team of police entrusted with the investigation of the case, “after thorough human and technical corroboration” busted the module and arrested four OGWs.

The arrested persons have been identified as Tariq Ahmad Dar alias Tariq Khoucha; M. Shafi Dar, Mudasir Hassan Lone and Bilal Ahmad Dar, alias Sahb Khoucha, said the spokesman, adding “one of the OGWs involved in the shooting identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar alias Kotru is absconding and has joined the militant ranks.”

He said that in this regard, a case FIR No 76/2021 under section 304, 34, 124-B of IPC and 7/27 of IAA has been lodged and investigation is underway.

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