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J&K Police accepts security lapses led to escape of militant in SMHS attack

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said the audacious attack and subsequent escape of a Pakistani militant from a Srinagar hospital two days back was a well planned and executed conspiracy that threw open chinks in the security setup.

Director General of Police (DGP) S.P.Vaid said the militant attack and subsequent escape of Naveed Jat alias Abu Hunzullah on February 6 from the SMHS hospital was not possible without connivance at the Srinagar Central Jail.

“An SIT headed by a Superintendent of Police is looking into this incident. I believe a magisterial probe is also being ordered to ascertain all that led to the attack and the subsequent escape,” Vaid said.

Asked why such a high value catch had been lodged in the Srinagar prison, and not outside the Kashmir Valley, as most other such detainees were, Vaid said Hunzullah had been shifted to Srinagar following a court order.

Intelligence reports suggest that the escape was planned by the Lashkar-e-Taiba in tandem with the Hizbul outfit.

An all-out effort has been launched by the forces to hunt down the escaped militant, who has already joined back the militant ranks if a video clip released by Riyaz Naikoo, a top ranking militant commander active in south Kashmir is to be believed.

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