SRINAGAR: Five militant associates were apprehended and booked under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the recent recovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Poonch district.

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IED Recovery: Woman among five held, booked under UAPA in Poonch

“On 28-09-2022, an information was received from BSF about the presence of some suspected person carrying an IED like substance in Poonch for planting somewhere and endangering lives of innocent/security personals etc,” police said in a statement issued here.

Soon after receiving the information, police said, different teams were constituted along with CAPF manpower by SSP Poonch Rohit Baskotra under the Supervision of ASP Poonch Mushim Ahmed, Dy.SP Hqrs Poonch Nawaz Ahmed and Dy.SP Operation Poonch Manish Sharma respectively to nab the suspects to avert any incident.

Accordingly, it said, all the sister agencies and ground sources were activated for early and timely action.

The information was further developed and corroborated by police under the Supervision of Manish Sharma (Dy.SP Ops) Poonch  that a bag containing steel box having an IED fitted in it kept by some   unknown persons in Prade Park  Poonch.

On this police party, along with personnel of BSF, CRPF, lady police of women Cell and Bomb disposal squad tactfully recovered the IED from the spot and was diffused the device.

Moreover, one lady namely Zaitoon Akhter (35) of Qasba was apprehended from the spot and was brought to police station Poonch for questioning. On this, he said, a case (FIR No. 202/2022) U/s 4/5 ESA Act stand registered at Police Station Poonch and investigation was taken up.

During sustained questioning and interrogation, she disclosed that this IED was brought by her husband namely Mohammad Azad of Qasba, police said.

“Special teams were constituted to nab  Mohammad Azad of Qasba who  was arrested in the instant case and during initial interrogation he revealed that he along with one person namely Qamar Din of Kirni are in touch with their relatives in Pakistan,” it said, adding, “His maternal uncle namely  Bashir Ahmed alias Tickka Khan associated with LET/ HM and reportedly is  deputing persons who have exfiltrated  to (PaK) for  subversive activities , also  names of  two brothers of Qamar Din namely Najim din lias Naja and Latief are living in Mangbajri camp PaK associates of Bashir Ahmed came out in investigation.” During the course of investigation and on the disclosure of Qamar din , police said, one Pistol, two Magzine and 43 rounds were recovered from Keerni in the presence of Executive Magistrate.  “All the above mentioned persons are involved in  subversive activities and are the main handlers who are pushing explosive materials to harm Indian sovereignty and integrity,” police said, adding, “On the disclosure of Mohammad Azad, two more persons namely Wajahat Khan and Kamal Din of Kirni who were aiding them in carrying and transporting consignment upto Poonch  were also arrested with the active support of Banvat Bn. of Indian Army”.  Police said UAPA  sections 13/18/23 & 39 and other relevant sections of law were added in the instant case and further investigation is going on.

“In view of present security scenario, the synergy exhibited by various security agencies stopped the nefarious design of enemy,” police added. (GNS)


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