July 2019 News

Interpol Notice Sought Against Shujaat's Killer

2 July 2019

New Delhi: The J&K Police have approached the CBI for issuing a Red Corner Notice against Sajad Gul, who escaped to Pakistan in 2017 and allegedly hatched a conspiracy to kill journalist Shujaat Bukhari last year, officials said on Tuesday. The CBI is the nodal agency for the Interpol in India and a request for the worldwide alert has to be routed through it. Papers from the J&K Police are being processed and will be sent soon to the Interpol Headquarters after the completion of the necessary formalities, the officials said. Bukhari, 50, was killed by a three-member terrorist group of the Lashker-e-Toiba on June 14 last year when he was stepping out of his office for breaking his fast during Ramzan. Gul had started an online campaign against the journalist and is believed to have passed on instructions to three Lashkar militants - Naveed Jatt, Muzaffar Ahmad and Azad Malik - to carry out the assassination of Bukhari. It was found that there was a series of social media campaigns, which were intimidating at times. The investigation has established that there was a campaign on certain social media platforms against Bukhari, spreading hate, malicious and intimidating content against him like 'Kashmirfight.wordpress.com' and Facebook account 'Kadwa such Kashmir' and Twitter handle 'Ahmad Khalid', ahmadkhalid@313. 'The probe carried out along with the cooperation of service providers revealed tangible evidence to establishthat individuals behind it belonged to the Lashkar outfit and all the content on social media was posted from Pakistan,' IGP, Kashmir, Swayam Prakash Pani, had said last year after cracking the case. Gul, a resident of Srinagar, had earlier been arrested by the Delhi Police in 2003 and he had served sentences also. Later, he resumed his education and completed his MBA from Jaipur before returning to Srinagar. He was arrested by the J&K Police in 2016for another terror-related case and was subsequently released on bail.