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Week on, Police fail to identify terror group that killed Shujaat
Minutes before his assassination he had called his friend in Delhi, informed him about life threat to him
6/23/2018 11:19:15 PM
Early Times Report
Jammu, June 23: Even one week after the Editor of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari and his two body guards were killed in a broad day light at Press Enclave in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Police are still groping in dark and have fell short of even identifying the terror group which carried out the brutal killings in heart of the city.
Sources told Early Times the accused who had stolen the pistol and decamped with the mobile phones of the victims has spilt some beans but the three assailants are still at large. The Director General of Police S P Vaid on Friday said that "when the breakthrough would be achieved media would be informed."
A source said that preliminary investigations have revealed that Shujaat's assassination was carried out by the terrorists of Lashkar-e-Toiba and it was planned across the Line of Control. "But Police don't want to reveal the details at present as they are finding it hard to nab the killers," he added.
It may be recalled that terror outfits United Jihad Council and Lashkar-e-Toiba had condemned Shujaat's killing and had tried to blame the agencies for it. "Police have got enough leads to puncture the claims of the terror outfits but they are tight lipped about the issue," sources said.
They said, "Another point which has come to fore during investigations that the Personal Security Officers of Shujaat should have carried AK-47 rifles but they were carrying pistols."
An insider revealed that Shujaat a few days before his assassination had informed everyone in the establishment, including the then Chief Minister about threat to his life but no effort was made to enhance his security. "On the other hand lowering of guard due to ceasefire being in place at that point of time allowed terrorists to reach the City Centre in Lal Chowk along with three Ak-47rifles and carry out the assassination in broad day light just a few meters away from the Kothibagh Police Station," he added.
Sources said that earlier this week Police had detained a boy from north Kashmir's Bandipora district for questioning. "The Police are also trying to trace the origin of the blog which had posted a slanderous news story against Shujaat," they added.
Insiders revealed that he was being constantly threatened by the terror groups after he attended a "peace conference" in Dubai. Soon after the conference ended the so-called chief commander of Hizbul-Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin described the track-II conference as a "sell out" as no Azadi and merger with Pakistan were discussed in the meet.
""Minutes before his assassination, Shujaat called up his friend in New Delhi and discussed the life threat to him. The friend had asked him to visit the national capital after Eid-ul-Fitr so that they could meet the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and apprise him about the life threat Shujaat was facing," the source added.
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