In a first, insiders from Indian security forces have started to help Kashmiri freedom fighters

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In a first, insiders from Indian security forces have started to help Kashmiri freedom fighters

SRINAGAR - Release of the top freedom fighter through an attack in Srinagar has revealed that insiders were involved in the attack and subsequent release.

A Kashmiri freedom fighter fled the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital in Srinagar, despite being guarded by three constables of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. Two of those men were killed when the fugitive's accomplices opened fire at them in the hospital's parking lot.

The police are on the lookout for man -Mohammed Naveed Jat - but they're even more worried about a possible inside job. They believe Jat's escape was premeditated. Only they - and the hospital's doctors - could have known when he would arrive at SMHS.

In fact, a top source says an investigation is under way to determine whether he was given a pistol before he reached the hospital.

Jat, 22, had been brought to the hospital for a medical check-up. As soon as he got off in the parking lot, two pheran-clad terrorists fired at the trio of policemen accompanying him. One died on the spot. Another succumbed to his injuries later.

Jat (also called Abu Hanzullah) was arrested in 2014 at a hideout in the village of Sharmpora in Kulgam, a district in south Kashmir. He was the LeT's deputy chief then, and his capture was touted as a huge success.

He is said to be behind the killings of an assistant sub-inspector in Pulwama, and a CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) man.

A number of cases were slapped on him under the Ranbir Penal Code - similar to the Indian Penal Code but applicable only in Jammu and Kashmir.