February 2000 News

`Gen Abdullah' escapes from police custody

2 February 2000
Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: A top militant of pro-Pakistan Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM) today escaped after giving slip to police escorting him to a Government hospital for medical check-up here.

Ghulam Rasool Shah, code named Mohammad Ramzan Sofi, alias General Abdullah, former supreme commander of JUM, along with four other top detenues were taken to Srinagar's SMHS Hospital where he managed to give slip to the policemen escorting them, an official spokesman told PTI.

Jameel Ahmad Syed, another top militant associated with Al-Burq outfit, also tried to escape but was arrested by the police from the compound of nearby medical college, the spokesman said.

However, Shah, a resident of frontier district of Kupwara, arrested by the security forces in 1997 from Srinagar, mingled with the crowd in the hospital and made good his escape in a waiting three-wheeler, he said.

The five detenues lodged in Srinagar Central Jail were being taken to SMHS hospital for a routine medical check up. The spokesman said all security and intelligence agencies were alerted and a hunt had been launched to nab the escape.

Security had been beefed up in the hospital and all incoming and outgoing visitors are being frisked. Meanwhile, a spokesman of JUM contacted news organisations in Srinagar immediately after the incident and claimed that their detained supreme commander (Shah) was arrested by the Border Security Force soon after he was taken to hospital for medical check up. (PTI)


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