Man behind abortive bid to target CRPF convoy arrested
Jammu, Apr 1: A
suspected militant, who made an abortive attempt to target a CRPF convoy on
Jammu-Srinagar highway on Saturday, was arrested Monday and is being
questioned, police sources said.
A CRPF vehicle had
suffered slight damage when a Santro car went up in flames after an explosion
at Tethar village, seven kms from Banihal, shortly after a Jammu-bound convoy
crossed the Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to Kashmir valley.
The driver of the
private vehicle managed to flee before the fire engulfed the vehicle and turned
it into a mangled heap of iron.
The inspection of
the vehicle and surrounding areas led to the recovery of an LPG cylinder, a
jerrycan filled with petrol, gelatin stick, urea and sulphur – material which
is used for fabricating the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), police said.
A massive hunt
was launched and finally the suspected militant was arrested in the early hours
of Monday and is being questioned, the sources said.
however, did not reveal whether the arrest was made from Banihal or somewhere
recovered from the scene had identified the driver as a Hizbul Mujahideen
operative, who mentioned his intention
to carry out a February 14 Pulwama type attack which left over 40 CRPF
personnel dead after a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant drove an explosive-laden
vehicle and targeted a CRPF convoy.
The forensic experts and a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited Banihal and inspected the scene to help in the investigation.