Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police’s State Investigation Agency (SIA) on Tuesday carried out searches at 10 locations, including the houses of active militants in south Kashmir, in the ongoing investigation into the killing of Kashmiri Pandit earlier this year, officials said.
Kashmiri Pandit Sanjay Sharma, who worked as an ATM guard, was shot dead by suspected militants in the Achan area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 26.
The case of killing of Sharma was initially investigated by Pulwama Police and subsequently it was transferred to the SIA Kashmir.
This was the third round of searches carried by the SIA during the investigation of the case.
SIA said today they conducted searches at five locations in Anantnag, one in Kulgam and four in Shopian districts of south Kashmir.
“These ten target premises also included residential houses of three active terrorists of LeT namely Danish Hamid Thoker alias Khalid, Ubaid Padder both from Chakoora Shopian and Abrar Farooq Wani of Heff Shirmal by the first light today,” they said.
The searches were conducted by ten special teams of SIA in pursuance of search warrants issued by the Special UAPA Court, Pulwama to collect evidence relevant to ongoing investigation necessary to unearth conspiracy of minority killings in south Kashmir.
“While launching specific hunt for substantial evidences, SIA searched various structures and house keeping records at target places and questioned many individuals for ascertaining circumstances and evidences in the case,” the agency said.
The investigation agency has been narrowing down efforts to attain specifications and evidentiary data for the logical conclusion of the case for judicial determination, it added.