J K News Today

Jammu, February 8

Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police S P Vaid has admitted that there was a “ security lapse” in the SMHS hospital attack on Tuesday in which  two policemen  were killed and a Pakistani terrorist  Naveed Jutt  freed by a group of Lashkar-e-Toiba  and Hizb-ul-Mujahadeen militants.

A media report quoting the DGP said that this was a security lapse and a Special Investigation Team has been constituted  to inquire into the whole sequence of events that led to the freedom of the  LeT militants . It has also been revealed that the policemen became sitting ducks .

 Vaid said that it was a well planned and executed conspiracy that threw open chinks in the security setup.

He 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.