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Govt employee arrested in Jammu’s Narwal blasts case, says police

Narwal Jammu blast on January 21, 2023.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir police Thursday claimed to have arrested a government employee involved in January 21 Narwal Jammu blasts case.

Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, as per news agency Kashmir News Observer, said that one Arif Ahmed, a resident of Reasi district of Jammu was arrested the in the case of Narwal blasts.

“Arif is a government employee and was working at the behest of Qasim, a Reasi resident and his uncle Qamardin, also a Reasi resident, presently in Pakistan, who are part of LeT,” the DGP said. He said Arif was involved in three IED blast incidents—Shahstri Nagar, Katra and January 21 incident of Narwal, Jammu.

“So far we had seen IED with explosive materials, sticky bombs and timer fitted IEDs but a new type of IED was recovered from Arif which is Perfume IED. This IED is in a bottle form and seems like a perfume bottle but contains explosive material,” the DGP said, adding that “since the IED is new to us, experts will see how harmful and how powerful it can be. We have not touched it so far.”

“Arif will not only lose his job but a strong dossier will be prepared against him. He was a very clever operative. He had burnt all the evidence be that his clothes, shoes and that he even set ablaze his mobile phone as well. But police worked hard on even small inputs and leads that led to the arrest of Arif,” he said, as per KNO.

The DGP said that IED’s received by Arif were air-dropped through drones. “He has confessed to the crime,” he said. To a query about Danghri, Rajouri incident and the fate of probe, the DGP said that the investigations are in the advance stage and the output will be shared with the media men shortly.

Pertinently, on January 21, six persons were injured in twin blasts in Narwal area of Jammu. ADGP Jammu Zone Mukesh Singh then confirmed that twin blasts occurred in Narwal area of Jammu leaving six people injured.

The injured were later evacuated to a nearby hospital and investigation shad been taken up.

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