Srinagar: Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested three militant associates of Lashker-e-Taiba outfit in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
In a statement, the police said that Acting on a specific input Budgam Police, 53 RR army and CRPF arrested three militant associates identified as Mohd. Yousuf Dar @ Janbaz Kashmiri son of Gh. Rasool Dar, Ab. Majeed Mir @ Majid son of Assadullah Mir both residents of Chewdara Beerwah (ex-militants) and Reyaz Ahmad Basmati son of Mohd. Maqbool Basmati resident of SafaKadal Srinagar.
As per the police statement, these militant associates are affiliated with outfit LeT and were also working for other militant outfits viz Tehreek ul Mujahideen.
Two hand grenades, 25 AK-47 rounds, 04 detonators, mobile phones used to contact with Pakistani handlers, threat posters and other incriminating material has been recovered from them and they have been booked in case FIR No. 11/2021 under relevant sections ULA (P) and I.A Act of police station Beerwah.
“These militant associates were operating in Budgam and Srinagar Districts with the aim to target newly elected DDC members and disrupt elections. They were in touch with handlers in Pakistan viz Sheikh, Usman, Tariq, Haftullah and others. These militant associates in the garb of securing admissions in Pakistani educational institutions were managing contacts with Pakistan based militant handlers in order to recruit militants and revive militancy in Budgam,” police said.
They were also involved in several grenade attacks in district Srinagar. The militant associates disclosed that their motive was to recycle the ex-militants and target DDCs, armed forces and political workers. This group has also been active in issuing threat letters to political workers in recent past, the same has also been recovered from them, read the statement.