NIA takes militant to encounter site from where he had escaped


Srinagar, April 22 (GNS):  National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Sunday took Pakistani militant who was arrested on April 6 to various locations including the site of gunfight from where he had escaped in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

The NIA team arrived in the frontier district on Saturday and are waiting for codal formalities to shift the custody of the militant Zabiullah alias Hamzah son of Sonaullah, a resident of Multan, Pakistan.

Official sources told GNS that the NIA took the militant and members of the army’s concerned unit where the encounter took place on March 20. He was also taken to the spot where he was arrested.

The area was completely sealed off and locals said that the deployment was such as if the cordon-and-search operation was launched in the area.

It could not be immediately ascertained whether he was also taken to the spot near the Line of Control (LoC) from where the militant had infiltrated along with the other members of the group.

The militant was injured in a gunfight that claimed 10 lives including five militants, three soldiers and two policemen at Check Fateh Khan of Haihama last month.

The militant had reportedly escaped in injured condition from the woods of Check Fateh Khan where gunfight raged for two days after starting on March 20.

The militant was apprehended during a cordon-and-search operation at Turshan area of Juktiyal on April 6. (GNS)