Pandita had lied to PSOs about his location: Police

Srinagar, June 10

BJP leader Rakesh Pandita, who was killed by Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists last week, had told his personal security officers (PSOs) that he was still in Jammu on the day he was shot dead in Tral town of Pulwama district, a police official said on Thursday.

He said investigators were trying to find out the reason behind Pandita’s regular visits to Tral over the past one and a half years. The official said investigators did not suspect any foul play by the personal security guards of the deceased leader as “they were not even aware about Pandita’s presence in Kashmir, let alone Tral”.

Pandita, a councillor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was shot dead and a woman accompanying him was injured by terrorists owing allegiance to the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group on June 2 in the Tral area of Pulwama. The official said 20 persons have been questioned so far in connection with the killing of Pandita but no formal arrest has been made.

The official said investigators also wanted to question the 22-year-old woman, who was injured in the firing by the terrorists, but have to wait till she comes out of the hospital.

“We are working on all angles and everyone connected with the deceased is being probed. Even the family which was hosting the victim on the day of the incident is being questioned,” the official added. — PTI

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