SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested three militant associates linked with proscribed outfit LeT and recovered incriminating materials from their possession.
A police spokesman in a statement said that acting on specific input Budgam Police along with 53RR and CRPF have arrested three terrorist associates of proscribed outfit LeT.
“They have been identified as Mohammad Yousuf Dar @ Janbaz Kashmiri, Abdul Majeed Mir @ Majid both residents of Chewdara Beerwah (both ex-militants) and Reyaz Ahmad Basmati resident of SafaKadal Srinagar. These militant associates were also working for other proscribed outfits Tehreek ul Mujahideen,” said the spokesman.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that these militant associates were operating in Budgam and Srinagar districts with the aim to target newly elected DDC members and to disrupt recently conducted DDC elections,” he said.
“They were in touch with handlers in Pakistan viz Sheikh, Usman, Tariq, Haftullah and others. These associates under the garb of securing admissions in Pakistani educational institutions were managing contacts with Pakistan based terror handlers to recruit militants and revive militancy in Budgam,” he added.
“They were also involved in several grenade attacks in district Srinagar. These associates also disclosed that their motive was to recycle the ex-militants and target DDC members, forces and political workers. This group has also been active in issuing threat letters to political workers in recent past, the same have also been recovered from their possession,” said the spokesman.
“Their nefarious designs of disrupting the democratic process and harming peace-loving citizens on behalf of Pakistan based handlers has been thwarted due to timely action by Budgam police and SFs,” he said.
“Incriminating material including 02 Hand grenades, 25 AK-rounds, 04 detonators, mobile phones used to contact with Pakistani handlers, threat posters have been recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation,” he added.
“In this connection, a case FIR No. 11/2021 under the relevant section of law has been registered in Police Station Beerwah and investigation is in progress,” said a police spokesman in a statement.