Four militants arrested in Srinagar, says police

An armed forces personnel deployed near Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk, Srinagar. [FPK File Photo/VIkar Syed.]

Srinagar: Four active militants were arrested in Srinagar and arms, ammunition were recovered from their possession on Thursday, police said.

In a statement, police said, “On 22,12, 2021 militants targeted and killed a property dealer namely Rauf Ahmed in Safakadal area of Srinagar.” It added, “After the incident Srinagar police started investigation into this killing, police said on thursday”.

During the course of investigation, police said “Movement of some suspects was detected in Srinagar City. Based on further analysis and credible human intelligence Srinagar Police detected suspicious movement of militants in Bhagat Barzulla area.”

Police added: “On this Srinagar police along with CRPF laid special Nakas and apprehended two militants of TRF/MGH- an off shoots of LET and JeM- near Barzulla Bridge”.

The arrested militants have been identified as Suhail Qadir Khanday, son of Ghulam Qadir Khanday, a resident of Tral pulwama (active militant), Suhail Mushtaq Waza, son of Mushtaq Ahmed Waza, a resident of Nikloora Pulwama (active militant), the police said.

During the search, police said, “2 pistols along with two pistol magazine and 30 pistol bullets were recovered on spot”.

On further questioning of militants incriminating material, arms and ammunition including 02 pistols, 06 pistol magazines, 69 rounds, 02 pistol silencers have been recovered from their hideout in Srinagar City, police said.

So far, 4 pistols, 08 pistol magazines, 99 live rounds, 2 pistol silencers have been recovered in the case, they said.

They further identified two associates namely Basit Bilal Makaya, son of Bilal Ahmed Makaya, a resident of Qamar Abad Qamarwari and Naikoo Imad Nasar, son of Farooq Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Kiloora Shopian who were operating with them as OGWs. Both associates have been arrested.

In this connection case under FIR No 08/2021 of Saddar PS under sections 7/25 of the arms act and sections 18.23 of UAP Act has been registered in PS Saddar, the police said.

During the questioning, police said, “The arrested militants disclosed that they were operating in Srinagar City on the direction of one person namely Asif Maqbool Dar, a resident of MIG Colony Bemina A/P Dhamam Saudi Arabia and Sajjad Gul, a resident of HMT Parimpora A/P Pakistan”.

They said, “Both the handlers from Saudi Arabia and Pakistan were providing weapons and money through a network of OGWs being identified. This module has also done recce of forces installations like NIA office, Delhi Police Headquarters etc and shared same with handlers in Pakistan.”

“As per the investigation the targets in city for killings were also selected and conveyed to them by Dr Asif and Sajad Gul. Suhail Qadar Khandy was working in Suadi Arabia with Dr Asif Dar and in August 2021 on the direction of Dr Asif he came back and started working as an operative of TRF/MGH/for
coordinating the collection of arms/ammunition, money and militant attacks in Srinagar,” police added.


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