SPO Was In Touch With Militants, MLA May Be Quizzed: DGP

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SRINAGAR — Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said on Saturday the Special Police Officer (SPO) who decamped with seven rifles and pistol, licensed weapon of PDP MLA, on Friday was in touch with militants.

Singh said the police have some vital clues which establish that the SPO, who decamped with seven service rifles of his colleagues and the pistol, had contacts with militants.

The state police chief said strict disciplinary action will be taken against those police guards whose dereliction of duty had helped the SPO to stole the weapons.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of a function in north Kashmir, the police chief did not rule out questioning of the legislator from whose residence the SPO decamped with the weapons.

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“Anyone can be questioned if investigations demand so,” he said.

SPO Adil Bashir belonging to Shopian district decamped with seven AK-47 rifles and the pistol from the official residence of MLA Aijaz Mir in Jawahar Nagar area of Srinagar. The MLA was in winter capital Jammu when the incident occurred.

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On Friday, Police in a statement issued here said that personal security officer of the MLA approached Police Station Rajbagh and stated that the weapons of seven personal security officers who are attached with the legislator are missing from his residence at Jawahar Nagar here and one pistol which is licensed personal weapon of Ajaz Mir is also missing.  Rs 2 lakh reward has been announced by the police who helps in capturning the SPO. 

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