2 Militants Arrested In Srinagar: Police

SRINAGAR – Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)mujahideen were arrested in Srinagar and arms and ammunition seized from their possession, police said on Sunday.

They have been identified as Vakeel Ahmed Bhat alias Abu Zarrar and Omar Ismail Das, both residents of Bijbehara, area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

He said while checking the vehicle,occupational forces recovered arms and ammunition from the two persons.

According to police records, the two are active mujahideen affiliated with proscribed outfit LeT, the spokesman said, adding, both have been arrested and shifted to police station where they remain in custody.

Incriminating material has been seized from their possession  , he said.

However, police sources had on Saturday said Bhat was arrested along with three other persons, including two women, from a hospital here.

5 mujahideen associates held 

Four mujahideen associates were arrested from Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Sunday, adding arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession.

Acting on a tip-off, occupational forces arrested Muzamil Nabi, Umer Ajaz– both residents of Kanihama–Rouf Bhat and Ishfaq Bhat– residents of Kantebagh S K Pora, they said.

The four were involved in providing logistic support and shelter to active mujahideen operating in the areas of Magam Budgam in central Kashmir, police said.

Incriminating material recovered from their possession has been seized, they said.

Cases under relevant sections of law have been registered in police station Magam and further investigation is in progress, police added.

Meanwhile an associate of a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) mujahid who was martyred  in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ganderbal district in November last year has been arrested, police said on Sunday.

During investigation of the case pertaining to operation Kullan in which one LeT mujahid was martyred on November 12, 2019, it has been revealed that two mujahideen were brought to Ganderbal district by Fayaz Ahmed Bhat, a resident of Akhal area of Kangan, a police official said.

He said Bhat is an activist of Hurriyat Conference.

“Bhat has been found to have established contacts of mujahideen with (the) locals of Kullan area where they had (taken) refuge on different occasions and (the) said person also ferried (the) mujahideen from Bandipora to Ganderbal at the behest of Pakistani handlers,” the official said.

Bhat was arrested and a Chinese grenade was recovered from his possession, he said.

“Previous record also shows that the said person was involved in grenade lobbying at Kangan police station in the year 2008 and an FIR under the Explosive Substances Act was registered against him. He had remained in jail for a considerable period and was also booked under the PSA (Public Safety Act),” the official added.

While one LeT mujahid wasmartyred in the encounter, another mujuahid Nisar Ahmad Dar, who had escaped from the encounter site, was arrested by police from a hospital here on January 4.

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