On August 20, Inspector Tanveer Ahmad was at his office in Police Control Room, Srinagar, when he received a phone call. The caller identified himself as ‘Army Commander Major Sanjeev’ and he sought information from him on security deployments across Kashmir. And Ahmad provided it.
The Army officer also shared his email firstname.lastname@example.org with Ahmad and urged him to keep him abreast of the changes in deployments. He also told him to keep messaging him. And Ahmad reportedly did so.
The phone call to the Police Control Room was later traced by the Home Ministry. The matter was taken up with J&K DGP K Rajendra Kumar. A probe was ordered and Ahmad was suspended.
However, Ahmad has “pleaded innocent” saying that he shared the information after seeking permission from his senior.
The probe is on and the police is trying to get to the bottom of the matter. The preliminary inquiry, however, has attested to Ahmad’s defense. “He has not deliberately supplied the information. He was conned into doing so,” said a police officer.
This is the first time that a Pakistani intelligence officer has elicited the confidential security information from police by posing as an Army Commander.
However, there have been cases earlier whereby the J&K Police personnel have been found to be either working for the militants or themselves working as militants while still being in service.
In 2012, an internal J&K Police inquiry led to the arrest of constable Abdur Rashid Shigan, who was also working as a militant. In fact, he had attacked and killed fellow police personnel, one of them retired DySP Abdul Hamid Bhat.
When Shigan was arrested, he had been independently running the militancy in Valley for over 18 months, had carried out 13 attacks, killing six people including four policemen.
His modus operandi was simple. He headed a two-member militant module Kashmir Islamic Movement. His companion Imtiyaz Ahmad Gojri alias Amir of Nowakadal hailed from downtown city. The duo would identify targets, plot and then carry out attacks. And according to police, he was doing it independently of any affiliation with a known militant outfit.
Earlier, the police had also arrested four cops for links with militants, among them Mukhtar Ahmad Sheikh, an alleged undercover agent who had provided SIM cards to the militants involved in 2008 Mumbai attack.