Kishtwar: Days after RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his personal security officer (PSO) Rajinder Kumar were shot dead by suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district hospital, the state police on Saturday seized a Maruti Alto car, which is believed to have been used by the terrorists. Also Read - J&k: 3 Families Lodge Missing Report Alleging Killing of Their Kins in Fake Encounter Case; Police Match DNA Samples
A senior police officer said that the car was found abandoned by militants at the Chehaar grid station. The police personnel said that an investigation is underway seeking details of the car as the number plate appears to have been changed. A probe is on to find out the actual registration number of the vehicle and its owner. Also Read - Vaishno Devi Yatra May Not Resume From August 16 as 11 People Test Positive in Trikuta Hills
A search operation is also underway to track down the militants in Kishtwar and its surrounding areas, as per sources. A dozen people have been detained so far been detained by the police for questioning in the matter. Also Read - New J-K Lt Guv Manoj Sinha Promises Better Security Arrangement For Grassroots Level Leaders
On April 9, terrorists had gunned down senior Sangh functionary and his PSO at the government-run district hospital. While Sharma’s PSO died on the spot, the RSS leader succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Reports had claimed that a militant fled with the service rifle of the guard. Thereafter, officials said that the suspected militants had barged into the hospital and snatched the PSO’s weapon.
Terrorists had attempted to fire at the RSS leader but in the ensuing scuffle, the policeman was shot dead while the RSS leader received minor injuries.
A curfew was imposed following the attack. Restrictions have been lifted in Badherwah but it is still active in Kishtwar. An hour of daily relaxation has been allowed since Friday.