Srinagar, Sept 25 : A day after unknown gunmen shot dead advocate Babar Qadri at residence in Hawal area of this summer capital, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday constituted a special investigation team to “immediately identify the militants and their group affiliation for their arrest or encounter.”
“Babar Qadri was sitting at home. Two persons claiming to be clients and wanting advice on some accidental matter visited him at his home at 6:20.
They were having masks and carrying files in the hands,” IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told reporters at presser here. “The militants fired four bullets on his head. He was taken to hospital but died on the way. Before fleeing, the militants fire few rounds in air and are seen in a footage of CCTV camera installed in the lane.”
The top police officer of the Valley said he along with other police officials himself visited scene of crime and held a meeting of SSP, SPs and SHOs.
“We have constituted a special investigation team headed by SP Hazratbal and its members include SDPO, DySP Cargo, an SHO and a legal expert. The SIT has been directed to solve the case immediately. Identity militants and their outfit and we will try to arrest them. If not arrest, we will try to carry out their encounter.”
Responding to question whether or not the young lawyer was a protected person, the IGP said: “No. He was not a protected person but in 2012 his vehicle was fired upon. SHO and DySP personally told him not to reside in Hawal. Today I talked to SHO Lal Bazar and SHO Zadibal they said they had requested him from last one week not to reside in Hawal being a very congested area. He (Babar) said he won’t leave his Home”.
Kumar said any person whether protected or not should contact nearest SHO in case of receiving any threat to person.