The Lashkar-e-Taiba on Tuesday, 6 February, staged an attack inside the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital complex in a high security area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar, freeing a Pakistani terrorist and killing two policeman. The terrorists managed to escape into the narrow lanes and by-lanes of downtown Srinagar, a police official said. The ultras opened fire on the police party accompanying Jhutt, alias Abu Hanzala, outside the busy hospital in Kaka Sarai area. Head constable Mushtaq Ahmad and Babar Ahmad were two policemen killed in the attack. A red alert has been issued in the city, he told reporters.
According to eyewitness accounts, the militants opened fire as soon as Jhutt, along with five other prisoners and the police team, got off the vehicle outside the Out Patient Department of the 70-year-old hospital. The militants were lying in wait in the parking lot of the hospital. Two Lashkar militants rained bullets at the police party and fled in a car towards downtown Srinagar. The hospital, named after Shri Maharaja Hari Singh, the last ruler of the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, is strategically located on the banks of a tributary of the river Jehlum, with uptown Karan Nagar on one side and Nawab Bazaar in downtown Srinagar on the other. The militant had obtained sophisticated training and was good in handling equipment like compasses, GPS, wireless sets and mobile phones installed with Skype software, an official said.
According to, the LeT district commander was arrested in a joint operation by the police, Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF also reported that Naveed, who was a close associate of the LeT Chiefs Abu Qasim and Abu Dujana, was operating in the area for two years.
On his arrest, the forces had recovered an AK-47 rifle, two AK-47 magazines and 60 AK-47 rounds, reported. Jammu and Kashmir police wanted to shift him along with five other prisoners from Srinagar jail to other high security jails outside the Valley but was disallowed from doing so by the local courts.