Srinagar Feb 18: Police today busted a Hizbul Mujahideen militant module and arrested its nine members from North Kashmir district of Baramulla who were luring local boys into militancy.
Deputy Inspector General of Police North Kashmir, Nitish Kumar, said that the module was busted with the arrest of a militant Irshad Ahmad Shah of Seelu, Sopore in Baramulla district.
He said that the module was spearheading a huge network of militant activities and recruitment of local boys in Baramulla and Sopore. “The militant Irshad Shah has been active with Hizbul-Mujahideen militant outfit for last more than 2 years”, he said.
He said that Irshad Khawaja alias Tanveer along with two other absconders are involved in killing of one civilian Eid-ul-Amin Mir son of Abdul Ahad Mir of Maqboolabad Bahrampora and conspiracy was hatched in the house of one HM Over Ground Worker (OGW) Azhar Imtiyaz of Behrampora who stands arrested (case FIR No. 128/2016 dated: 25.12.2016).
DIG said that with the arrest of Irshad, police, Army and CRPF in Sopore has been able to lay hands on network of over ground activists of outfit who were aiding and abetting militancy besides luring young boys towards militancy.
“In a series of raids, Sopore police and security forces have arrested nine people who were influencing young and innocent boys to join militancy”, he said. He identified the arrest people as Mudasir Ahmad Ganie?son of Ghulam-ud-Din Ganie of Ladoora, Abdul Majeed Dar son of Mohammad Munawar Ganie of Ladoora, Ajaz Ahmad Shah son of Mohammad Sultan of Bismillah Colony Shangergund Sopore, Azhar Imtiyaz son of Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Behrampora, Ghulam Mustafa Lone son of Mohammad Ashraf Lone of Thagund, Showkat Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Zaffar Mir of Bomai, Aejaz Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Subhan Bhat of Bomai, Mohammad Yasin Tantray son of Ghulam Mohammad Tantray of Wadoora Payeen and Abdul Majid Shah son of Ghulam Ahmad Shah of Wadoora Payeen.
Kumar said that Azhar Khan of Trich, Kupwara who got killed along with other associate in encounter on February 4 was radical ideologue of the outfit who with other killed militant had gone to Pakistan on passport and received terrorist training there.
“Both these militants were active in Sopore and Baramulla and with the help of this busted over ground superstructure were enticing young boys from Sopore and Baramulla for militancy”, he said.
The DIG said that based on the information which was generated during the course of these investigations some boys who were being recruited for militant activities were counseled and handed over to their families thus saving their lives.
Kumar appealed to the parents to watch over their children and not to let them to fall into the trap of militant propaganda.