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4 LeT OGWs arrested for grenade blast in Baramulla: Police

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Srinagar: Four Overground Workers of Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit were arrested for a grenade attack on the house of a Sarpanch at Shrakwara Kreeri ten days ago, police said on Tuesday.

A police officer said that on August 22, at about 2100 hours, a telephonic call was received by Police Station Kreeri regarding a blast-like sound from village Shrakwara Kreeri.

Accordingly, he said, parties of Baramulla Police, 52 RR, and 176 Bn CRPF rushed towards the village.

“During the course of verification, it came to fore that a grenade was lobbed towards the police guard/house of sarpanch Narinder Kour, wife of Daljeet Singh of Shrakwara Kreeri which caused some minor damage to window panes and vehicle Maruti-800, as the lever of the exploded grenade was found in the kitchen garden.”

Accordingly, a case FIR under sections of explosive substances Act and UA (P) Act 1967 was registered in Police Station Kreeri and investigation set into motion, he said.

During the process of investigation, many suspects were called for questioning and on the basis of technical analysis, CCTV footage, and other evidence, it came to surface that suspects Mohammad Saleem Khan, son of Ghulam Hassan Khan of new colony Shrakwara, and Sajad Ahmed Mir of Late Ali Mohammad Mir of Mir Mohalla Saloosa are involved and they were later arrested.

During their interrogation, he said, it came to the fore that both the suspects were working as OGWs of the LeT outfit at the behest of Pakistan-based handler of LeT and its offshoot TRF namely Ali Bhai.

“It is pertinent to mention here that both the accused persons are drug addicts and were in contact with LeT (militant) Hilal Sheikh and Usman (foreigner) on whose instructions, they obtained grenade from Batmaloo Srinagar,” the officer told Global News Service.

“Two other associates Bilal Ahmad Sheikh, son of Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh of Saloosa and Naseer Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Majeed Dar of Najibhat assisted the accused persons in the commission of crime who were also arrested.”

He said two hand grenades and 100 grams of “Charas-like” substance have been recovered from the accused persons.


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