Acid attack culprits will be arrested soon: DGP Kashmir

SRINAGAR – The accused involved in attacking a 21-year-old female law student here on Thursday continue to evade arrest despite some crucial clues that police received including their plans to flee from Kashmir.

However, the police claims to have started a massive manhunt to nab the accused. The Director General of Police – K Rajendra Kumar – here said that police have reached towards the bottom of the case and that in near future the culprits will be behind the bars. “We have done much progress in the case and I can assure you that in near future, the culprits will be arrested,” local news agency KNS quoted him as having said.

The police chief had earlier said that the police have constituted a special investigation team to nab the culprits and that the department has got some vital leads of the incident.

Reports suggest that a Kashmiri doctor found the attackers’ car in the premises of Srinagar airport after the attack. The car had ‘MANSA’ sticker on its back screen, as was notified by police in its press release earlier. According to the witness, the accused were looking for tickets at the counter, but were refused due to unavailability.

The doctor informed police about the same, however, by the time a police party reached the spot, reports said the accused had left airport. The accused tried to catch a flight but could not get tickets. However, the witness has given the description about their appearance and the clothes they were wearing, the sources said.

Senior police officials say that they have alerted all the exit points of the Valley and the airport security staff so that the accused could be arrested at the earliest.

“We had alerted the security at the airport and other exit points about the youth trying to flee… The investigations are in progress and we will get them (assailants),” PTI quoted Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Abdul Gani Mir as having said.

The sources said police are now examining the CCTV footage of the airport in an attempt to identify the assailants and track them down.

Police had earlier revealed that the attackers fled away in a white coloured Maruti 800 car with a sticker “MANSA” pasted on its rear glass. Police asked people to help them identify the attackers. “Anybody having any information regarding the white Maruti car having a sticker ‘MANSA’ pasted on its rear glass that was used by the attackers may please intimate Police Station Soura on mobile numbers 9596770587, 9596770867 or Police Control Room, Kashmir, on toll free number 100,” they said.