Suspected of having terror links, Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested Peoples Democratic Party legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir’s driver on Friday in connection to the Amarnath yatra attack.
Identified as Touseef Ahmad, the police took him for investigation in connection with the Amarnath Yatra terror attack case say sources.
Superintendent of police Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar, confirming the reports said that Touseef Ahmad was picked in an ongoing probe in “militancy case” and asserted that he was in fact “cooperating with the team of investigators.”
“It is related to a militancy case,” he said. “I will be able to comment on the case when the investigation reaches certain stage,” said Shriram Dinkar.
A resident of Chokura town in Pulwama district, Touseef Ahmad was serving with the security wing of J&K Police before being transferred as driver to PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad seven months ago.
The arrest is second in the series by the police probing the attack on Amaranth Yatra attack.
Seven Amaranth Yatra pilgrims including six women, one man were killed and 19 others were left injured after militants attacked an unescorted bus from Gujarat at Khanabal, Anantnag district on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Monday evening.
Notably, tThe victims were travelling in the bus was neither part of the escorted Yatra convoy nor registered with the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).
The attack was carried out by terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and masterminded by Pakistani militant Ismail.
Following the attack, J&K Police has formed a Special Investigative Team (SIT) to probe into one of the biggest terror attack where 7 pilgrims were brutally killed and at least 19 were left severely injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on the bus carrying pilgrims.
The 40-day long Amarnath yatra started on June 29 and will end on August 7. So far, over 1.40 lakh pilgrims have reached the cave shrine located at 3,888 metres above sea-level.