Srinagar : Police and army on Friday claimed to have busted a Jash-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant module by arresting six of its Over Ground Works (OWGs) in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
“Police along with Army (9RR) have arrested 06 associates linked with JeM in Kulgam and recovered incriminating materials including huge cache of arms and ammunition,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to GNS.
He said that on the basis of specific information regarding carrying out of subversive activities in Mirhama and Damhal Hanjipora areas of district, six militant associates were arrested in a joint operation by Kulgam police and Army’s 9RR. They have been identified as Shahid Ahmad Padder alias Jeela son of Ghulam Ahmad Padder, Ubaid Ahmad Itoo son of Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo, Aabid Mushtaq alias Raju son of Mushtaq Ahmad Naik, residents of Mirhama, Danish Ahmad Dar son of Azad Ahmad Dar resident of D.H Pora, Nawaz Ahmad Ganie son of Mohammad Abdullah Ganie of Dangerpora and Kifayat Ahmad Lone alias Rinku son of Mohd Maqbool Lone of Mohammadpora.
“On their instance, huge cache of arms and ammunition including one Pistol, its Magazine, 18 Pistol rounds, one Hand Grenade, four UBGL Shells, two Motor Shells, 30 AK-47 rounds, 446 M4 rounds, 08 M4 Magazines, one AK-47 Magazine, one Insas Magazine, one Wireless Set, four Walky Talky sets and other incriminating materials have been recovered”.
During preliminary investigation, he said, it surfaced that the arrested associates were linked JeM and were in touch with handlers across border via various social media platforms.
“The arrested accused persons were hell bent to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in district Kulgam by way of grenade attacks, intimidating innocent civilians, standoff fire attacks on PRI members, minority communities etc,” he said, adding, “In this connection, a case FIR No. 01/2023 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station DH Pora, Kulgam.” Further investigation into the case is in progress to expose the “broader” conspiracy, he added. (GNS)