Police constable Abdul Rashid Shigan is also among the government employees who were discharged on the basis of sedition and involvement in terrorist activities. Currently, Shigan, who is in jail, is not a minor terrorist, he was a true wolf in police uniform. He would commit crimes under the code name of Umar Mukhtar and then call the media persons to tell them that it was carried out by the Kashmir Islamic Movement. He used to take a former terrorist with him to commit any crime. He used to commit crimes at the behest of Hizbul Mujahideen.
He committed 13 sensational crimes in Srinagar city during the 18 months before he was caught on 22 August 2012. Batamaloo's Shigan was a terrorist before joining the police in 1998. He was caught when he was doing police training. He was imprisoned under the Public Safety Act. After that, he was released. In 2002, he was reinstated in the police department on the orders of the court. In his reinstatement, the name of the then officer of the rank of DIG is taken. Shigan was later posted to the security wing of the police.
The incidents he carried out from January 2011 till his capture on 22 August 2012 shook the entire security system. There was no trace of him. He was posted in the security of the house of the then SSP BA Khan of Bandipora. When he got the order to attack from across, he would disappear from duty and then return. No one knew when he left and when he came.
On January 4, 2011, he attacked the Batmalu police station in charge Nazir Ahmed and injured him. On 29 June 2011, Inspector Shabbir Ahmed was killed in Srinagar. On 2 December 2011, an attack on the block head of the NC at Safakadal in Srinagar injured him. On 11 December 2011, he attacked the then Rural Development Minister and senior NC leader Ali Mohammad Sagar in Nawabazar, Srinagar. A police constable was martyred in this. On 24 December 2011, he killed NC leader Bashir Ahmed in Dhobi Mohalla Batamaloo. Shigan attempted the murder of Sufi scholar Pir Jalaluddin in Batamul on 17 March 2012. Police constable Sukhpal Singh was murdered on 20 April 2012 in Bagiyas Srinagar.
On 30 May 2012, he attacked CRPF jawans. Seven soldiers were injured. On 10 August, 12 days before he was caught on 22 August 2012, he killed Abdul Hameed Butt, a retired DSP of the police, on the steps of a mosque in Batamaloo.
He used to target only those policemen and officers who were in the forefront of counter-terrorism operations. Apart from this, he used to target Islamic scholars and people associated with mainstream politics who did not agree with the fundamentalist ideology of Islam. A government rifle was not used in the crime. When his house was searched, two AK-47 rifles, 16 magazines, 13 UBGLs, one IED, four pistols, five grenades, and other paraphernalia were found.