Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday claimed to have busted a module of a militant outfit in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and arrested two newly recruited militants and four Over Ground Workers (OGW).
Police said the duo militants arrested have claimed that they have joined Lashkar-e-Mustafa (Parent Organization JeM) outfit recently and divulged that LeM was recently floated to give an impression that militancy in Kashmir is indigenous and not sponsored by Pakistan.
Police spokesman in a statement said that acting upon a specific input that the Lashkar-e-Mustafa (Parent Organization Jaish- e- Mohammad) are contemplating an attack in Anantnag/Bijbehara towns, joint multiple Nakas/MVCP were established by Army 3RR and Anantnag Police.
“At one of the nakas established at Donipora Bijbehara, an Alto car K-10 bearing registration number HP12C-0981 approached the Naka and it was signalled to stop and two persons boarding the car tried to escape but were apprehended tactfully,” police said.
“On questioning, they were identified as two freshly recruited militants namely Imran Ahmed Hajam, son of Ghulam Nabi Hajam of Nathpora Khanabal and Irfan Ahmed Ahanger, son of Muhammad Altaf of Nandpora Khanabal and from their possession two Pistols along with three magazines and 116 rounds were recovered,” police said.
During questioning, police said they confessed that they have joined LeM outfit recently and divulged that LeM was recently floated to give an impression that militancy in Kashmir is indigenous and not sponsored by Pakistan.
“They further revealed they are close associates of Hidayat Malik @Hasnain R/o Sharafpora Shopian self styled chief of LeM, Umer @ Wahid Khan R/o Shopian and Aftab @Ali Bhai R/o Dachipora, and they were carrying recce of the area to plant an IED in order to target security forces, Police,” police said.
Later on, police said multiple raids were conducted at various locations and four OGWs identified as Bilal Ahmed Kumar, son of Muhammad Abdullah of Haff Shopian, Tawfeeq Ahmed Lawey, son of Manzor Ahmed of Pushwara Anantnag, Muzamil Ahmed Wani, son of Muhammad Amin Wani of Muniward Anantnag and Aadil Ahmed Rather, son of Abdul Khaliq of Khandipari Harnag affiliated with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) were arrested.
Police said two grenades, one kg explosive material and 30 rounds of AK-47 has been recovered from these OGWs, adding that in this regard, a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Bijbehara and investigation was taken up.