Two BSF personnel including an officer were among three persons arrested after police foiled an attempt to take away rifle of a Personal Security Officer of Gujjar and Bakerwal leader at Khanbabal Housing Colony in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday.
Official sources said that one person, Mansoor Ahmad Bhat of Sangam, entered the room of PSO Bashir Ahmad (SPO) while he was in a washroom, and took the rifle by wrapping it in a blanket. \
As Bhat returned, he found the trunk busted.
He soon rushed outside and found Manzoor, a frequent visitor to the house of the Bakerwal leader, in suspicious condition.
On seeing Bashir, Manzoor tried to run away and was overpowered by Bhat and other police personnel there.
“Soon after the arrest, Manzoor told Police that the rifle was meant for BSF personnel who were waiting for him in a vehicle outside the Housing Colony,” sources said. “Acting swiftly, Police arrested the BSF personnel.”
The arrested BSF men include Inspector Patel and Zahoor Ahmad from Tanghdar Kupwara.
Manzoor is learnt to have told Police that BSF men had promised him job and Rs 1.5 lakh in lieu of the rifle.
Gujjar and Bakerwal leader Chaudhary Hamid demanded a through inquiry into the incident and unravelling of the motive behind it.
“I was not present at home when the incident took place. On returning, I came to know about the incident. Manzoor is a thief and Police should thoroughly investigate the motive as to why they wanted to snatch the rifle and why my PSO was targeted,” he said.
A Police officer confirmed the arrest of three persons including the two BSF personnel and said that a case under FIR No 115 under the RPC section of 380 (theft in dwelling house) had been registered.
Public Relation Officer of BSF expressed ignorance over the issue and said he would seek the report regarding the incident. GNS