The J&K Police on Thursday claimed it has identified three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and a Pakistan-based Srinagar resident, who were behind the killing and hatching conspiracy of Kashmir’s top journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
“The conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan and executed by the three terrorists here. The investigation has established that it was done by Lashkar,” Inspector General of Police Kashmir Zone, Swayam Prakash Pani told reporters in Srinagar.
He identified the three Lashkar attackers as Azad Ahmed Malik from Anantnag district; Muzafar Ahmad Bhat, and Pakistani militant Naveed Jatt. Another accused is Sajad Gul, a Srinagar resident now based in Pakistan.
Jatt had escaped from police custody from a hospital in February this year.“We have tangible evidence against the accused and detailed investigation would be produced,” Pani said.Police said Sajad Gul is based in Pakistan.“
He was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and was again arrested in 2016 in Srinagar. He fraudulently obtained a passport and went to Pakistan in March 2017,” the IGP said. Police is likely to approach Interpol for his custody. The editor-in- chief of Rising Kashmir Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead gunmen along with his two security guards in the heart of city on eve of Eid-ul-Fitr on June 14.
A day after the killing, police constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Central Kashmir Range V K Birdi, to probe the murder of Bukhari. Lashkar has been denying its involvement in Bukhari’s killing and blamed “Indian agencies” instead.