Srinagar: The 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 arrested militants have claimed that they have joined Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM), with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) as its parent organization, outfit recently and divulged that LeM was recently floated to give an impression that militancy in Kashmir is indigenous and not sponsored by Pakistan.
A police spokesman said in a statement that acting upon a specific input that the militants of Lashkar-e-Mustafa were 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, a resident 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.
“They further revealed they are close associates of Hidayat Malik alias Hasnain, a resident of Sharafpora Shopian, self-styled chief of LeM, Umer alias Wahid Khan, a resident of Shopian, and Aftab alias Ali Bhai, a resident of Dachipora, and they were carrying recce of the area to plant an IED in order to target security forces and 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 Manzoor 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 taken up. (KNO)