Srinagar, July 16: Security forces have busted a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant module, luring youth to militancy, by arresting three persons in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district while in Shopian, police arrested four persons including a cop and bank official for the last month’s killing of a Special Police Officer (SPO).
SSP Baramulla, Imtiyaz Hussain said that Baramulla Police, assisted by other security forces, busted the module which has been active in the area to lure young boys to militancy.
The SSP said the module was being spearheaded by HM commander Parvez Wani alias Mub-ashir, a resident of Gagloora, Handwara in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Imtiyaz identified the three arrested members of the module as Ansarullah Tantaray, resident of Raipora, Palhalan, Abdul Rashid Bhat, resident of Minip-ora, Sopore and Mehrajuddin Kak, resident of Andargami, Pattan of Baramulla district.
The SSP said the module had plans to send many boys to Pakistan on valid visa to get them trained in militant camps of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). “One of the accused Abdul Rashid Bhat had visited Pakistan in the month of May this year and got training for undertaking terrorist activities in Khalid bin Waleed camp of HM located in PoK,” he said.
The SSP said Bhat had got the visa from Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi on the recommendation of a separatist organization. “Arms, ammunition and Rs one lakh in Indian currency has been recovered from their possession,” he said.
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He said that module has not only been luring young boys to militancy, but providing all logistic support to other militants of the outfit as well. “A case under Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act has been registered in police station Pattan and investigation has been taken up”, he said.
Imtiyaz said recently Baramulla Police saved around 10 boys meant to be inducted in militant ranks and handed them over to their parents.
In the meantime, Shopian Police arrested four persons including a policeman and bank official for their involvement in providing logistic support and participation in the killing of SPO Khurshid Ahmed in Imamsahab Shopian last month.
Police said that during the investigations of the case, it was revealed that the attack was carried out by Hizbul Mujahideen outfit based in Shopian. “One Nazim Nazir Dar on the direction of other HM militants Saddam Padder and Irfan Abdullah Ganie, both residents of Heff carried the attack”, said police.
Police said that in the criminal conspiracy four OGWs provided logistic support to the militant group who were identified as Amir Mohidin resident of Heff, working as RE in a Bank at Chitragam, Constable Towseef Ahmad of Chakoora, Basharat Yusuf Mir resident of Litter, working as private teacher and Iftikar Rather alias Jamshed resident of Awneera. “After sustained questioning they were arrested and are being investigated for their roles”, police said.
“Investigation so far conducted has revealed their complicity in entering into criminal conspiracy for carrying future attacks at the behest of this group for targeting some more policemen and civilians”, police said.