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18 militant associates arrested across Kashmir: Police


Srinagar, Dec 3: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday arrested in south and north Kashmir parts 18 people, who, it claimed, were associates to militants.

A spokesperson claimed that police busted two modules of Hizb and Jaish militant outfits by arresting ten of their associates in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.


A police spokesman said that a special team was constituted in view of recent “surge” in militant attacks in Tral.

“A special team was constituted to investigate these cases and on the basis of material evidence collected, four persons identified as Younis Nabi Naik son of Ghulam Nabi Naik resident of Pinglish, Fayaz Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Wani resident of Reshipora, Riyaz Ahmad Ganaie son of Mohammad Ramzan Ganaie resident of Nigeenpora and Bilal Ahmad Rather son of Ghulam Rasool resident of Hafoo Nigeenpora were taken into custody,” he said.

He said the investigation into the cases revealed their complicity in the attacks carried out in Tral area of South Kashmir.

The spokesman said that another module was busted in Khrew area of Pampore in which six associates of proscribed outfit JeM were arrested.

Those arrested, he said, were identified as Javaid Ahmad Parray son of Mohammad Shaban resident of Bethan Khrew, Yasir Bashir Wani son of Bashir Ahmad Wani resident of Babapora Khrew, Tahir Yousuf Lone son of Mohammad Yousuf Lone resident of Khrew, Rafiq Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Sharshali Khrew, Javaid Ahmad Khanday son of Ghulam Ahmad Khanday resident of Khrew and Imran Nazir son of Nazir Ahmad Najar resident of Mandakpaul Naimsaab Khrew.

“Huge quantity of incriminating materials was recovered from this module, including gelatin sticks, detonators, materials for making IEDs and grenades,” said the spokesman.

Later in the day, Police claimed to have arrested another eight militant associates “planning to snatch weapons” from police personnel.

“Based on a credible input that a criminal conspiracy has been hatched by some associates of militants to snatch weapons from on duty police personnel, Baramulla police has detained eight militant accomplices from Baramulla, Tangmarg and Srinagar areas,” said the police spokesman.

A case FIR No. 102/2018 under section 18, 38 UA (P) Act was registered in Police Station Tangmarg and further investigation was initiated in the mater, he said.

During the course of investigation, he said, incriminating materials including arms and ammunitions were recovered from them.

Meanwhile, the spokesman added that parents of some boys from Srinagar reported to Police that they received phone calls from their kids who had left for their school in morning informing that they are going to join the militant ranks.

“To ensure quick and timely action, Srinagar police constituted a special team and with the help of families strenuous efforts led to tracing of all the five missing boy. They were brought back safely. It is learnt that the boys were threatening to join militancy whereas no active association of these boys could be found with any outfit. Later, all the five boys were counseled and handed over to the parents. Timely information and efforts of family played a key role in this endeavour,” the spokesman said.


Search op called off in Shopian, militants escape

Srinagar, Dec 3: The search operation launched after a brief shootout in Imam Sahab area of Shopian on Monday morning was called off after militants managed to escape from the area.

An official said that the militants and the forces exchanged brief fire in Sagran Imam Sahab area after the latter launched a cordon-and-search-operation around 3 AM.

He said the militants managed to give a slip to the forces because of darkness.

“The searches were intensified in the area. But no contact was established with the militants,” said the official, adding that the operation was called off later.

Meanwhile, mobile Internet service was restored in the district. The service was suspended soon after the forces laid a siege to the area.