JAMMU, June 16: The militant gunned down by the CRPF at Kud, Tanvir Sultan of Bemina, was also linked to May 23 terror attack at Tangpora in Srinagar where a Personal Security Officer (PSO) was killed, as per the sources.
His mobile telephone, which is crucial to the investigations, is under the police custody and is being analyzed to ascertain any more terror links.
As per the police sources, Tanvir Sultan appeared to have been reinstated into militancy. It was evident from clues emerging much before the Kud encounter and now his involvement has surfaced in the Tangpora attack on May 23.
Sources said the weapon snatched from Sadiq, who had been posted as PSO of Mohammad Abdullah Chatwal, was the same which was found in possession of Tanvir.
Pointing out that the mobile number being used by Tanvir was switched off by the evening of May 22, a day before Tangpora attack, sources said it seems that Sultan was directly linked to that attack.
The matter is now under investigation as the weapon snatched from the PSO killed in Tangpora were the same which Sultan used in the terror attack at Kud on June 13. In addition, Sultan had an AK-47 rifle with him which is likely to be shared with Srinagar police for authentication that it was the same weapon that had been snatched from the killed PSO.
According to the police, some of the data recovered from Tanvir’s phone could be useful in exposing such future attempts.
The investigators were also working on the theory as to whether Tanvir Sultan was involved in more terror attacks after getting reinstated into the militancy other than Tangpora and Kud.
His first involvement in the militancy surfaced in 2003, when he carried out a fidayeen attack at the Ali Jan Shopping Complex in Srinagar. He had been booked under FIR No. 145/2003 in which total 22 persons were accused.
He carried out his second attack at Pamposh Hotel in which there were 14 accused including him and all of them were booked under FIR No. 127/2002.