| TNN | Updated: Feb 9, 2018, 01:53 IST

Highlights

  • The photos showed Jati holding an AK-47 rifle and posing with his Hizbul Mujahideen counterparts
  • SSP Shopian Sri Ram Ambedkar said the pictures look recent and cops are verifying them

JAMMU: Two days after his escape amid a shootout in Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, pictures of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist — Naveed Jati alias Abu Hanzullah — surfaced on social media on Thursday. The photos showed Jati holding an AK-47 rifle and posing with his Hizbul Mujahideen counterparts — Sadam Paddar and Aadil Malik — from south Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir government suspended the superintendent of Srinagar central jail — Hilal Ahmad Rather — for the security breach that led to Jati’s escape and the killing of two cops. It had also removed from duty the jail doctor — Dr Zeenat — and a pharmacist Mansoor Ahmad in this connection on Wednesday.

The fugitive was referred to SMHS by the jail doctor on Rather’s instructions. There, Jati’s accomplices opened fire on the police party escorting him and took him away to a hideout in south Kashmir. Sources said Jati had already planned the escapade over the phone, in connivance with his accomplices outside the jail.

The state home department has appointed DIG jails Mohammad Sultan Lone to inquire into the attack.

SSP Shopian Sri Ram Ambedkar said the pictures look recent and cops are verifying them. Paddar, from Shopian, was a close associate of former Hizb commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter in July 2016, sparking violent protests across the Valley. In the unrest that lasted for several months, at least 80 civilians were killed and thousands injured in clashes between protestors and security forces.

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