Naveed Jutt may be next LeT chief: Police
SRINAGAR: The elimination of Lashkar-e-Taiba's (LeT) top leadership by security forces may have been a factor behind the outfit's desperate but successful bid to free Pakistani terrorist Naveed Jutt alias Abu Hanzala from police custody, a top police official said here on Thursday.
He also said the police exercised restraint at the time of the attack at the Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital as hitting back at the assailants could have led to civilian casualties.
"The LeT leadership was finished (in encounters). Earlier (Abu) Qasim, then (Abu) Dujana and (Abu) Ismail also. Lashkar had not designated its new commander for Kashmir. May be that is why they were so desperate to get Naveed freed," Additional Director General of Police Munir Ahmad Khan, who also holds charge as IGP Kashmir, told reporters.
All the terror outfits in Kashmir were operating in unison and there is no difference among them, he said.
"You have seen the photograph of Naveed after his escape and he has gone to a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist (Saddam Padder). This vindicates my point that they are working together," he said.
The police official was referring to a photograph of Saddam Padder and Naveed Jutt which has surfaced after his escape from police custody at a hospital following a terror attack in which two cops escorting the Pakistani terrorists were killed. Police today presented four persons -- two ultras and two overground workers -- before the media who were arrested for their alleged involvement+ in the conspiracy that led to Naveed Jutt's escape.
The arrested persons were identified as Shakeel Ahmad Bhat and Tika Khan while the OGWs were Syed Tajamul and Mohammad Shafi Wani. Khan said scientific evidence led the special investigation team of he police to the involvement of five persons of which four have been arrested.