Four militant associates arrested in Awantipora: Police

Srinagar, Mar 07 : Police on Monday claimed to have busted a grenade throwing module allegedly linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Awantipora by arresting four militant associates and “thereby averted major catastrophic militant attacks”.

The arrested militant associates have been identified as Aqib Manzoor Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Mudasir Ahmed Bhat son of Ghulam Mohd Bhat, Ghulam Mohd Ahanger son of Late Abdul Rehman Ahanger—residents of Haffu Tral and Waris Bashir Najar son of Bashir Ah Najar, resident of Sheikh Mohalla Chewa Uller, Tral.

Three hand grenades have been recovered from their possession, a police spokesman in a statement said, adding that Waris Bashir Najar was involved in throwing grenade on Army camp at Mandoora on 1st March evening.

During preliminary investigation, the spokesman said it came to fore that they were carrying grenade throwing activities on the directions of Irshad Ahmed Bhat son of Late Fayaz Ahmed Bhat (slain HM militant) resident of Wailoo Pattan who is currently lodged in Central Jail Srinagar in a murder case and Mustakeem Ahmed Ahangar @Waheed son of Ghulam Mohd Ahangar resident of Hafoo Tral who too is detained in Central Jail Srinagar in connection with smuggling of weapons case.

Both Mustakeem and Irshad are coordinating militant activities even from Central Jail Srinagar, the police claimed.

In this regard, a case under FIR number 21/2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered and investigation has been initiated, a police spokesman said, adding that more arrests are expected in the instant case once further links are investigated and established.

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