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Dreaded LeT militant escaped from J&K jail

Source: PTI
December 14, 2006 17:41 IST
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A Lashker-e-Tayiba militant, involved in several dreaded attacks, including one on a Congress rally in May this year, has escaped from jail, police informed the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday.

The High Court had asked the state police early this week to submit case diaries and other documents regarding Rafiq Ahmad Sheikh alias Mudasir Gujri after his mother filed a petition seeking court's intervention into disappearance of her son from the Kot Bhalwal jail.

In reply to the petition, the state police submitted that the LeT militant escaped from custody on October 13 in Janipur area of Jammu region. He had been taken there for effecting recoveries of arms and ammunition, counsel for the petitioner, Jaleel Andrabi said.

Police informed the court that a constable, Ashok Kumar, has been suspended in connection with the case.

Gujri was arrested along with four of his associates on July 22. He was involved in several attacks, including ones on tourists at Dalgate, Kothibagh, Ram Munshibagh and on a Congress rally on May 21 this year.

The militant was booked under Public Safety Act and sent to judicial custody at Kot Bhalwal jail where he was last seen on October 28.

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