2 Kashmiri students questioned in Punjab over links with deserter SPO who joins Hizbul; one detained


The Punjab police on Tuesday detained two Kashmiri students in connection with the case of the deserter Special Police Officer (SPO) who fled with seven AK-47 rifles from the residence of a PDP MLA in Srinagar on Friday. The SPO, Adil Basheer later joined terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen in Shopian. 

On Tuesday, the Punjab Police picked up the two Kashmiri students from Aryans Group of Colleges in Mohali as they were suspected to have links with the deserter SPO.

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As per reports, while the cops released one of the boys, the other was detained and handed over to the Jammu and Kashmir police. The J&K police had shared information about the boys to the Punjab cops following which the two were questioned by the police.

Sources told that one of the boys could be related to the SPO who joined the terror outfit.

Gazi Ahmed Malik, a third-semester engineering student from Heff Shopian reportedly remained in the custody of cops at the CID office Kharar, Mohali.

On the other hand, his classmate, Mir Iman of Pulwama was released by the cops last night.

Speaking to local medla, Imran, who was released by the cops said, “We were returning to our flat from the market when cops in civvies intercepted us. They bundled us in the van and took us to CID office Kharar in Mohali, where we were questioned.”

The SPO who deserted was posted at PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir’s house in Srinagar’s Jawahar Nagar area.

He was reported missing with the weapons from the guard room at the MLA’s residence on Friday.

SPO Adil, aged 24, (belt No. 488/SPO), hails from Zainapora, the native village of the PDP legislator.

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Dilbag Singh has announced a reward of over 2 lakh rupees on his capture along with weapons.