Murder of Maulana Shawkat

Sringar: A week after Jamait-e-Ahle Hadith (JAH) president, Maulana Showkat Ahmad Shah was killed in an IED blast, police claimed to have arrested three militants belonging to Tehreek-e-Mujahideen (TeM) in connection with it. The whole operation, police says, was planned by Ashiq Hussain Factoo alias Dr. Qasim, husband of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief, Syeda Asiya Andrabi. IGP Kashmir, S M Sahai, while addressing the media here on April 16 said police arrested three militants, Javed Ahmad Munshi, Abdul Gani Dar and Nisar Ahmad Khan on charges of murder of Shah. “More arrests are expected. Initial plan to assassinate Shah was made last year.”

Sahai added “immediately after the killing, investigation began, during which a criminal conspiracy was unearthed. Members of a radical religio-political outfit, Sout-ul-Haq and some other radical elements have been found behind it.”

He added Shah was perceived as one against sectarianism and helped to defuse sectarian clashes. “His work in field of education, especially trying to get a university approved by the government was perceived by them as a compromise with government when they failed to dislodge him through elections, a conspiracy was hatched to eliminate him. Also his proximity to certain separatist leaders wasn’t liked by them.”

The IGP said that Dar alias Abdullah Gazalli and Dr. Qasim who is presently lodged in central Jail Srinagar discussed broad contours of a plan during a visit by Gazalli to him. “Actual execution of plan was left to Munshi alias Bill Papa, who is a former TeM militant. He sought help from Lashkar Commander Abdullah...”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 15

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