3 detained in Doda for giving shelter, food to terrorists

Nomadic couple picked up by Reasi police
*Search operation in Poonch, man missing with AK

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 18: Police have detained three persons responsible for giving shelter and offering food to a group of 3-4 terrorists who struck to Bhallesa in Gandoh area of Doda district on June 12 causing injuries to a police constable before fleeing while a Nomadic couple has been picked up from Sunderbani for questioning by Reasi police in connection with terror attack on a pilgrim bus at Teryath in Reasi district.

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Police, SOG and other security forces have meanwhile launched a search operation at Behram Gala in Poonch district following reports about movement of the terrorists.
Security personnel have picked up three persons for questioning in connection with the movement of terrorists involved in the recent attacks in Doda district, the officials said.
The authorities believe a group of three to four terrorists is present in the higher reaches of the district.
On June 11 night, five soldiers from the Rashtriya Rifles and a Special Police Officer (SPO) were injured when terrorists attacked a joint check post in the upper reaches of Chattergalla on the Bhaderwah-Pathankot road.
On Wednesday evening, a policeman was injured when the terrorists opened fire on a search party in the Kota Top village in Gandoh area of the district.
The security personnel have detained three persons from Jai area of Doda district. The three are suspected of providing food to the terrorists and failing to report their movements to the security forces, sources said.
They have been identified as Sajjad Ahmed Wani, 40, Abdul Subhan Wani, 65 and Mubashir Ahmed, 17.
The three persons are being questioned, the sources said.
Meanwhile, a man went missing along with AK-47 rifle of a Special Police Officer (SPO) in Trown area of Doda district.
Mohammad Rafi of Trown was coming from Bhella towards his village and was accompanied by a Special Police Officer who was carrying the weapon. When he reached Pul Doda, the SPO Safdar Hussain deboarded the vehicle to buy some essentials and in the meantime Rafi fled in his car along with the rifle. The vehicle has been recovered near Jagota area of Bhalla but neither Rafi nor the weapon was available in the vehicle, sources said.
A nomadic couple has been picked up by Reasi Police from village Bandrai in Sunderbani area of Rajouri district.
Aqam Din and his wife have been detained and taken to Reasi for questioning.
Earlier, 50 people were detained in connection with the investigation into the recent terror attack on a bus carrying pilgrims in Reasi district.
Last week saw four terrorist attacks in which 10 people including a CRPF and two terrorists were killed and 50 others suffered injuries in Reasi, Kathua and Doda districts.
Meanwhile, security forces have launched a search operation following reports of firing of few rounds in Behram Gala area of Poonch district this afternoon.
However, the police officials denied any exchange of fire between the troops and the terrorists in the area.
There was firing of a few rounds in Bufliaz forest area prompting the security forces and the police to launch a search operation, they said.
The operation was going on when reports last came in from the area. Security forces are verifying whether the terrorists are present in Behram Gala or not. However, there has been no contact so far.
Search operations also continued at various places in Rajouri, Poonch, Reasi and Doda districts to nab the terrorists and Over Ground Workers (OGWs).
Barring detention of suspects, a breakthrough is yet to be achieved in the terror attacks, the sources said.