4 militant associates arrested

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 23: Security forces today arrested two militant associates of The Resistance Front, an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
A police spokesman said that Baramulla Police received specific information through reliable sources that unknown militant group from Khachadari Zehanpora are using illegal arms and ammunition against police and other security forces in the main area of Baramulla town to disturb the peace and law and order.
The police spokesman further said that acting on the information, joint parties of Baramulla Police, Army 46 RR, 2nd Bn SSB and 53 Bn CRPF established many Nakas within the jurisdiction of Police Station Sheeri. Among them, one naka was established on Zehanpora-Khadniyar link road and during checking one Scooty bearing registration number JK05A- 9328 which was coming from Zehanpora with pillion rider was asked to stop. On seeing the naka party, they tried to flee from the spot.
However, alert naka party used application of mind and both persons were detained and during their personal search 40 live rounds of AK 47 were recovered from their possession.
During questioning, both persons disclosed their names as Imtiyaz Ahmad Bardal son of Siraj-ud-din Bardal and Muneer Ahmad son of Siraj-ud-din both residents of Khachadari Zehanpora. They confessed that they were working for TRF militant group and helping to carry illegal arms and ammunition from one place to other to carry attacks on police/ SFs, he said.
A case under Sections of Indian Arms Act and UA (P) Act stands Registered against them in Police Station Sheeri and investigation set in motion.
In the meantime, police arrested two militant associates of LeT in Shopian today. “Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession”, police said.
“During the course of investigation of case FIR No. 14/2022 of PS Zainapora, officers learnt about the involvement of Aqib Mushtaq Lone son of Mushtaq Ahmed Lone and Amir Amin Sofi son of Mohammad Amin, both residents of Shadcheck linked to LeT. Subsequently, both the accused were arrested and shifted to Police Station where they reamined in custody”, police said.
“On their disclosure incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one AK-47 rifle, one AK-47 magazine and 24 live rounds of AK-47 were recovered,” police added.