5 grenade peddlers in Hajin, two militants in Sopore arrested, two killed: Police

SRINAGAR: Police said they received a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Hajin belt.

Detailing the operation, the spokesman said they received an input that one Wagon-R vehicle was roaming in between Chandergeer, Hajin, Shahgund and Gundjahangeer areas, carrying militants /OGWs and their illegal weapons. The input suggested they were planning to carry out an attack.

Acting upon this input, the spokesman said around dawn on Thursday, a police party from Hajin and 13-RR laid a special Naka at Khusarpora Hajin axis, leading to recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunition, which was to be supplied to LeT operating in the Shahgund and Gund-Jahangeer areas.

“During naka checking one white color wagon-R vehicle bearing registration No. JK15-6569 was intercepted and 05 boarding persons including driver were questioned,” the spokesman said. “The driver was identified as Bashir Ahmad Mir S/o Abdul Ahad Mir R/o Paribal Hajin and other were Mohammad Younis Bhat S/o Sonaullah Bhat R/o Chandergeer, Shabir Ahmad Dar S/o Abdul Majeed Dar R/o Chandergeer,  Hilal Ahmad Parray S/o Ghulam Ahmad Parray R/o Kochak-Mohalla Hajin and Sonaullah Dar S/o Ghulam Ahmad R/o Gund Jahangeer Hajin. The extensive search was conducted and 10 grenades were recovered. Besides, 02 AK-47 Magazines and 27 rounds of AK rifle were also recovered from the vehicle. All the accused persons were taken in custody and vehicle was seized and case FIR No. 34/2017 has been registered in P/S Hajin.”

During preliminary investigation, accused persons revealed that they along with Inayat Ahmad Parray S/o Mohd Akbar Parray R/o Hajin were working for LeT as OGWs. The consignment was handed to them by Inayat for further distribution.

In another operation, police said they killed two militants in a Sopore village.

On May 31 afternoon, unknown militants lobbed a grenade on police deployment near Treasury office (TP Bank) Sopore resulting in injuries to four cops. Subsequently an FIR 143/2017 was registered in Sopore and investigation was taken up.

“During investigation it was learned from reliable sources that two new recruited HM militants namely Mehraj-Ud-Din Mir son of Khazir Mohammad Mir and Mohammad Rafiq Lone @ Rafi son of Ghulam Mohammad Lone, residents of Nathipora Sopore were involved in the grenade attack,” the spokersman said. “The duo were identified from the CCTV footage. It was also learnt that these new recruits were motivated by HM Commander Aijaz Mir resident of Brath Sopore and Basharat Ahmad Sheikh resident of Bomai Sopore (now killed) to join the militancy and intensify attacks on police.”

Taking lead from the investigation, it was learned that two HM militants namely Aijaz Ahmad Mir resident of Brath Sopore & Basharat Ahmad Sheikh resident of Bomai Sopore are hiding in the house of one Khazir Mohammad Mir resident of Mir-Mohalla Nathipora Sopore along with arms and ammunition.   Accordingly the said house was cordoned off by joint parties of Sopore Police, 22-RR, CRPF 92, 177 & 179 Bn’s and North Range QRT at around 02:45 AM. During search operation the militants fired upon the police and in retaliation both these militants got neutralized.

From the possession of the slain duo, police said, they recovered two AK-47, and five magazines were recovered. In this regard police have registered FIR No 47/2017 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 A in Police Station Bomai.

The slain militants had joined the HM outfit on March 14, 2016 & June 30, 2016 respectively. Both these slain militants were wanted in Case FIR No. 128/2016 U/S 307, 302 RPC, 07/27 A. Act of Police Station Dangiwacha. Aijaz Ahmad Mir R/O Brath was also earlier booked in a murder case of FIR No 95/2014 of Police Station Sopore. He was on bail, while Basharat had gone to Pakistan for training last year.

It is pertinent to mention that Sopore police have apprehended both the militants, who were involved in grenade attack on Police deployment on May 31, and neutralized their Commanders in less than 24 hours. 02 pistols and 04 grenades were recovered from the arrested militants.

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