Two Harkat ul Mujahideen militants arrested in north Kashmir: Police

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Srinagar: Two militants were arrested from Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a police statement said on Monday.

“Acting on a specific information about the movement of the militants in the area, a joint team of Handwara Police, 21 RR and 92 bn CRPF laid a Naka (checkpost) at Bakihaker crossing. During checking, two persons who were walking towards Bakihaker started running suspiciously after seeing the Naka from a distance. Security forces had kept another party in civvies at a distance who apprehended both of them,” the statement said.

Identifying the arrested as Younis Ahmed Mir (19) alias Sarfaraz, son of Bashir Ahmed Mir, resident of Sebdan Galwanpora in Budgam district and Tahir -ul-Islam (21) alias Sajad Afgani son of  Bashir Ahmed, resident of Muloora Tawheedabad area of Shalteng in  Srinagar district, the police said that they further disclosed that they had recently joined Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militant outfit and were tasked to ‘create disturbances’ in Handwara.

“02 Pistols, 02 hand grenades and other incriminating material were seized from their possession,” the statement said.

“On sustained interrogation, both the militants revealed that most of the militant organizations based in Handwara/Kupwara region are facing problems on account of depleting number of local militants  in the field. They further revealed  that youth of the region are not ready to pick up gun, despite a lot of efforts by the militant commanders based in Kashmir and POK,” the statement further said.


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