Srinagar, May 24: Jammu and Kashmir Police alongwith security forces have busted a militant module of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in Awantipora by arresting eight militant associates, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
A statement said that based on specific input, several suspects were arrested and further leads were developed that lead police and security forces to bust a module of Jaish-e-Mohammad operating in Awantipora.
The arrested eight militant associates have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar son of Abdul Rasheed Dar, Manzoor Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar all residents of Wagad, Fayaz Ahmad Rather son of Muhammad Rajab Rather resident of Pastuna, Shabir Ahmad Rather son of Sanaullah Rather resident of Syedabad Pastuna, Muhammad Latief Rather son of Asadullah Rather resident of Syedabad Pastuna, Sheeraz Ahmad Mir son of Gh Mohd Mir resident of Aripal and Waseem Ahmad Bhat son of Ab Gani Bhat resident of Pastuna.
Incriminating materials including ammunition were also recovered from their possession. Besides, vehicle used in the commission of the crime has also been seized, police said.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested militant associates were involved in providing shelter, logistics and transportation of arms/ammunition to two active militants of JeM namely Asif Sheikh resident of Monghama and Ajaz Bhat resident of Syedabad Pastuna Tral.
In this connection, a case vide FIR number 75/2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Tral and further investigation is in progress, police said.