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Militant arrested, 2 cops hurt in grenade attack

Fayaz Bukhari
Srinagar, Feb 17: Security forces today arrested a militant, who was involved in a murder and recovered arms and ammunition from his possession. Two police men were injured in a grenade attack in Nowgam area of Srinagar this evening.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Baramulla, Imtiaz Hussain, said that the militant, Irshad Ahmad Bhat son of Fayaz Ahmad Bhat of Wailoo, Pattan in North Kashmir, was arrested in a joint operation by Police, Army and CRPF.
“One AK series rifle, 2 AK magazines, one Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, four hand grenades and other ammunition were recovered from the possession of the militant”, he said.
The SSP said that the militant was also found involved in firing incident in village Gundari Pora Pattan on August 11, 2016 wherein the accused had fired upon two persons,  Abdul Rehman Wani son of Mahda Wani and Aftab Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Rashid Bhat of same village accusing them of defying hartal call by playing cards. “Both the person had received gunshot wounds but survived after immediate hospitalization”, he said.
He was also involved in murder case of 25 year old Zakir Ahmad of Mehmoodpora, Pattan. “On 09/11/2016 dead body of one Zakir Hussain Badoo aged about 25 years S/o Ghulam Ahmad Badoo R/o Mehmoodpora, Pattan was found lying on roadside in the outskirts of the village”, he said.
The SSP said that the dead body bore gunshot wounds on chest and prima facie appeared to be the case of murder. “Case FIR No 207/2016 under Sections of 307 RPC and 7/27 Arms Act was registered in Police Station Pattan.After medico-legal formalities investigation into the matter was taken up. During the course of investigation it surfaced that the deceased was killed by pistol fire by one of his acquaintances having militant affiliations”, he added.
Evidence-both oral and circumstantial pointed towards the involvement of one Irshad Ahmad Bhat son of Fayaz Ahmad Bhat of Wailoo, Pattan in North Kashmir.
The accused and victim have been knowing each other for long. They had fallen out on some sensitive issue which led to heated argument on the date and time of incident and thereafter Irshad fired upon him point blank from his pistol which hit the chest of victim who died on spot.
“The accused offender Irshad has been an active militant of Hizbul-Mujahideen terrorist outfit who had joined militant ranks after killing of his militant father Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in inter gang rivalry in year 2015”, he said.
Militants this evening hurled a grenade on a police party in Nowgam area of Srinagar injuring two police persons. Police said that militants hurled grenade on the police party and ran away under the cover of darkness. Senior Police and para-military officials reached the spot to assess the situation.


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