Cops held for plot to frame civilian in Kashmir

Srinagar: A police constable and a Territorial Army personnel were arrested Saturday for trying to frame a civilian as a militant in what has come as fresh embarrassment for the uniformed services in Jammu and Kashmir.
Disclosures by two civilians arrested earlier had led police to the duo.
The development comes days after a constable involved in 13 militant strikes was picked up in Srinagar. In June, four policemen were arrested for their alleged role as militant moles.
A police spokesperson said the conspiracy came to light when Aurangzeb, a resident of Jammu’s Rajouri district, was caught trying to break the lock of a shop.
“The police recovered one Chinese grenade from his possession. He revealed that a few days back he had a tiff with his younger brother, Javed Iqbal. To take revenge, he conspired with Abdul Rashid alias Kaka to frame him in a militancy case,” a police spokesperson said.
Rashid, a driver, asked constable Abdul Rahim for help. Rahim, in turn, approached Mohammad Hanief, a Territorial Army personnel.
Police sources said the two sold a grenade to Aurangzeb and Rashid to plant it in Javed’s shop. “Obviously, the plan was to frame Javed as a militant and inform the police about the presence of grenade in his shop,” a source said.
All four, Hanief, Rahim, Rashid and Aurangzeb, have been booked under Section 7/25 (recovery of weapons) of the Indian Arms Act and Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Ranbir Penal Code.
“Aurangzeb and his accomplices could not succeed in their nefarious designs because of the timely action by the Rajouri police. Further investigation is on,” said the police spokesperson.

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