5 militant associates arrested

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Oct 20: In a major crackdown on Over Ground network of the militants, the administration today ordered detention of five militant associates under the Public Safety Act (PSA) for their involvement in anti-national activities in Ramban district.
Police prepared dossiers of five militant sympathisers and their activities, mostly in the district’s Banihal tehsil of Ramban district and the District Magistrate issued orders for their detention under the PSA.
“All of them have been arrested and sent to judicial custody,” the officials said.
The Over Ground Workers of the militants, detained under the PSA, have been identified as Nazir Ahmad Pala son of Gul Mohammad Pala of Fagu Doligam, Mohammad Usma Banli son of Rehmatullah of Pogal Kunda, Firdous Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Aziz Khan, a resident of Krawa, Abdul Hamid Khan son of Ghulam Hussain Khan, hailing from Tethar and Anayatullah Wani son of Asadullah Wani of Gund Adalkoot.

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Confirming arrest and subsequent detention of five militant sympathisers, the officials said there had been police and Intelligence inputs that they were trying to revive militancy in Ramban district as their past was also not good.
All of them have been sent to a jail in Jammu, the officials said.
They said the arrested accused were in touch with some anti-national elements based in Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK) through WhatsApp/phone and were reportedly trying to pass sensitive information to them.
Intelligence agencies and police were maintaining strict surveillance on them and finally nabbed them. Their mobile telephones have reportedly been seized to detect data including their chats with undesirable elements in PoJK.
During past few months, a couple of terror incidents have taken place in Ramban district including grenade attack on Ind Police Post in Gool but all of them have been worked out by the police by making arrests immediately. However, there have been reports that the militant commanders of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and The Resistance Front continued to make attempts to revive militancy in Ramban by utilizing services of surrendered militants and Over Ground Workers (OGWs).
Police, security forces and Intelligence agencies have been working in coordination to ensure that the militants don’t succeed in their designs.
A number of hideouts have been busted and recoveries made from there in Ramban.