Police detain PDP MLA's driver in connection with attack on Amarnath pilgrims

Touseef Ahmad was deputed as driver some seven months ago from the security wing of Jammu and Kashmir police

Touseef Ahmad was deputed as driver some seven months ago from the security wing of Jammu and Kashmir police

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday arrested People's Democratic Party (PDP) legislator Aijaz Ahmad Mir's driver in connection with the recent Amarnath Yatra terror 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.

"I will be able to comment on the case when the investigation reaches at certain stage", Superintendent of Police Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar was quoted as saying. The Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to probe the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, is questioning Tauseef Ahmad.

Similarly, an Army jawan - identified as Pulwama resident Zahoor Ahmad - went missing with his AK-47 service rifle and three magazines of ammunition from a camp in Baramulla district on Thursday.

The arrest is second in the series by the police probing the attack on Amaranth Yatra attack.

The source said police have arrested two more persons along with Touseef for their alleged involvement in the same case. "He has been summoned for questioning in some militancy related issue", he said. However, only Ahmad was formally placed under arrest on Friday. "I was told by the SP that he (Touseef) has been picked up for the investigation into a militancy related case", the legislator said.

The intercept, according to sources, is based on the policeman's conversation with a handler of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

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