Twin blast cases in Kotrnanka and Budgai area of Rajouri solved: Police

Srinagar, June 28: Police on Tuesday claimed to have solved twin blast case in Rajouri district on Jammu division.

In a statement, the police said Kotranka and Budhal Blast Case Kotranka town was rocked by twin blasts on 26th March this year and another blast on 19th April this year in which total two people were injured.

In this regard, the police stated that FIR No. 25/2022 U/S 120-B, 121-A, 122 IPC ¾ Explosives substances Act and 16/18 ULA(P) Act and FIR 33/2022 U/S 120-B, 121-A, 122,307 IPC ¾ Explosives substances Act and 16/18 ULA(P) Act stand registered at PS Kandi. Another blast took place in Shahpur, Budhal on 24/04/2022 in which 2 more persons were injured. In this regard FIR No. 31/2022 u/s 307,120-B,121-A,122 IPC ¾ Explosives substances Act and 16/18 ULA(P) Act was registered at PS Budhal.

The police spokesman further giving details about the case said that working on leads, joint teams of Rajouri Police and 60RR (14 Sector) conducted multiple raids and search operations at various locations in Larkoti, Targain, Jaglanoo & Draaj areas of District Rajouri and apprehended two suspects namely Mohd Shabir son of Ghulam Hussain resident of Draaj, Budhal & Mohd Sadiq son of Ibrahim resident Draaj, Budhal who were involved in these incidents.

During investigation, it has come to fore that three accused namely Talib Shah son of Haider Shah resident of Draaj, Budhal, Mohd Shabir son of Ghulam Hussain R/O Draaj, Budhal and Mohd Sadiq S/O Ibrahim resident of Draaj, Budhal were involved in these incidents of blasts, he said.

These individuals, working on the directions of their PAK based handlers received weapons, ammunition, explosives and later used these IED’s to trigger blasts.

It has surfaced during preliminary investigation that this group is headed by Talib Hussain Shah has collected three consignments of arms, ammunition, explosives from Lamberi-Kalakote area in the months of January, March and April , 2022, the police said.

Two accused namely Mohd Shabir and Mohd Sadiq have been arrested and the third accused Talib Shah is absconding. Talib shah is the commander of LeT in general area Rajouri. He is the mastermind of all militant activities in Peerpanjal area.

“He has also motivated many youth for carrying out terror activities in Rajouri,” police said, adding, Shabir and Sadiq were also motivated by Talib to conduct militancy activities.

Talib has remained instrumental in almost all terror incidents in Peerpanjal districts in last 2/3 years, police said.

It has also come to fore that this group was also sheltering a few Kashmir based active militants of LeT outfit in general area Kandi-Budhal and were making efforts to revive militancy in Peerpanjal Districts, police said.

The arrest of two associates of Talib is a big blow to the militant outfit LeT, police said.

During preliminary questioning, the arrested accused disclosed that they had hidden some explosive materials at Jungle in Draaj area. During searches of the area conducted by Police and 60 RR, following items have been recovered five IEDs, five Remote control, nineteen Power source (cell), one Cover/wrap, one Cloth piece and ten Fuse, he said.

Arrest of Talib is very crucial in solving many militancy, criminal cases that have occurred during past few years in Peerpanjal area.

Reward anyone sharing credible information leading to arrest, apprehension, ops of Talib shall be Suitably rewarded, reads the statement.

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