Policeman, bank officer among 4 arrested for militancy links in Kashmir

Police said the investigations established that in ]June 11 attack, four Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of Hizb provided logistic support to Hizb for carrying out the attack.

Published: 16th July 2017 10:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th July 2017 08:26 AM   |  A+A-

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SRINAGAR: Police on Sunday said it has busted a module of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen by arresting four people including policeman, a bank officer and a teacher for militancy links.

A police spokesman said after killing of SPO Khurshid Ahmed in militant attack at Imam sahib in south Kashmir’s Shopian district on June 11 this year, police launched probe to identify the people providing logistic and other support to militants in carrying out their activities.

He said during investigation of the militant attack, it was revealed that attack was carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen cadres.

“It was established that the attack was carried out by one Nazim Nazir Dar on ]direction of HM commanders Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie, both residents of Heff, Shopian,” the spokesman said.

He said the investigations established that in ]June 11 attack, four Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of Hizb provided logistic support to Hizb for carrying out the attack.

The four OGWs were identified as Amir Mohidin resident of Heff Shopian, who was working  as RE in a bank Chitragam; Police constable Towseef Ahmad R/o Chakoora, Pulwama; Basharat Yusuf Mir R/o of Litter Pulwama, who working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather alias Jamshed, a resident of Awneera, he said.

The police spokesman said after sustained questioning, the four were arrested and are being investigated for their roles in militancy.

Police constable Towseef Ahmad was driver of PDP MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir and belonged to security wing of J&K police.

“Investigation so far conducted has revealed their complicity in entering into criminal conspiracy for carrying future attacks at the behest of Hizbul Mujahideen for targeting some more policemen and civilians,” he said

HM recruitment module busted

Police in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district busted a module of Hizbul Mujahideen, who were luring young boys into militancy, a senior police official said.

He said the module was being spearheaded by Hizb ul-Mujahideen commander Parvez Wani alias Mubashir and module comprised Ansar-ul-lah Tantray, Abdul Rashid Bhat  and Mehraj-ud-din Kak, all residents of south Kashmir.

He said module was busted and people involved in the module arrested.

“It a major setback to Hizb to lure more boys to militancy,” the official said.

Giving further details, he said the module had plans to send many boys to Pakistan on valid visa to get them trained in militant training camps in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK).

One of the accused Abdul Rashid Bhat, he said, had visited Pakistan in May this year on valid visa and underwent arms training in Khalid Bin Waleed camp of Hizb in PaK.

“He had got the visa from Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on recommendation of one separatist organization,” the official said.

He said arms, ammunition and one lakh rupees was recovered from possession of the arrested persons part of the Hizb recruitment module.

The official said module was not only luring young boys to militancy but also providing all logistic support to other Hizb militants.

Further investigation is going on, he added.

The busting of Hizb module comes after police in North Kashmir recently saved 10 boys from joining militancy by arresting them.

The boys were counseled and then handed over to their parents, the police official said.

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