Srinagar, May 16: Police in Bandipora alongwith security forces have busted a militant module of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) by arresting seven militants/militant associates, a police spokesman said on Monday.
“Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition have also been recovered from their possession. Besides, six vehicles including four two-wheelers have also been seized,” police said in a statement.
“During the course of investigation of cases regarding the recent Bandipora encounters, Bandipora Police along security forces busted a militant module of LeT by arresting an active Pakistani trained militant, two hybrid militants and four militant associates,” the statement said.
Police said that the Pakistan trained militant has been identified as Arif Ajaz Shehri son of Ajaz Ahmad @Anfall resident of Nadihal, who had went to Pakistan on valid visa in year 2018 through Wagah Border and infiltrated back to this side after obtaining illegal arms training and started actively working with LeT in Bandipora.
The two hybrid militants have been identified as Ajaz Ahmad Reshi son of Ab Majeed resident of Rampora and Shariq Ahmad Lone son of Mohammad Sadiq Lone resident of Gundpora. The arrested militants were tasked to carry out attacks on Police/SF and other soft targets particularly in Bandipora district.
Moreover, the four arrested militant associates including a female have been identified as Riyaz Ahmad Mir @Metha Shehri son of Gh Mohammad Mir resident of Plan Bandipora, Gh Mohammad Waza @Gul Bab son of Gh Qadir Waza resident of Tawheedabad Bagh, Maqsood Ahmad Malik son of Mohammad Jamal Malik resident of Chittibandy Aragam and Sheema Shafi Waza daughter of Mohammad Shafi resident of Tawheedabad Bagh.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested militant associates were involved in harbouring militants, providing logistics/material support including transportation of militant in Bandipora district. The arrested female militant associate was also involved in providing Wi-Fi hotspot, accommodation and ferrying militants in town Bandipora.”
“Incriminating materials, arms ammunition including 02 Pistols, 03 Pistol Magazine, 25 Pistol rounds, 03 Hand Grenades were recovered from their possession. Besides, 01 Ecco Van bearing registration No. JK15A-1528 which was being used in ferrying of terrorists from Bandipora to Nowgam, Pantha Chowk and Srinagar was also seized. Moreover, 03 Scooties were also seized which were being used for doing reccee of Police, security establishments, monitor movement of security forces and ferrying of militants in Bandipora areas. Similarly, 01 Maruti-800 Car and 01 Pulsar Bike were also seized.”
Cases under the relevant sections of law have been registered and further investigation is going on, police said. (KNO)
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