Police claims breakthrough in highway attack case
Says six youth ferrying militants in vehicles arrested
Srinagar: Police Friday claimed that it arrested six militant sympathizers and seized the vehicles and bikes that they used to ferry the militants.
Addressing a presser here at Police Station Pantha Chowk in Srinagar outskirts, Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said that those who helped militants to carry out attacks on ‘Highway’ have been arrested.
A series of attacks on Srinagar Highway were carried out by militants from mid August to first week of October.
Kumar while divulging information about these attacks said that on August 14, two policemen were killed and one INSAS riffle snatched rom them when militants struck in Nowgam.
“Similarly, on September 21, militants attacked a RoP at new bypass and on September 25 militants attacked the CRPF party at Chadoora in which one CRPF man was killed and his weapon was also snatched. On October 5, another attack was carried out at RoP of CRPF at Taingan, By-pass in which two CRPF men were killed and four others injured.”
Kumar said that different police teams were constituted to solve these attacks.
“Around 9 to 10 suspects were identified and subsequently picked up by these teams. The teams were able to identify the links through human intelligence. Raids were conducted in Chadoora, Budgam, Nowgam and other areas of District Srinagar. The suspects were subjected to sustained interrogation and during interrogation they confessed about their involvement and the militants involved,” the IGP said.
He identified the arrested six militant associates as Waseem Ahemd Ganai and Suhail Shabir Ganai both residents of Ganaimohalla, Chatergam, Budgam, Shakir Ahmed Dar of Marvel, Kakapora, Pulwama, Chadoora, Budgam, Umar Nisar of Iqbal Coloney Wanbal, Shankerpora,, Nowgam, Srinagar and Sahil Nisar and Faisal Mushtaq Ganai both residents of Aribagh, Nowgam.
IGP Kumar said that three bikes and three vehicles were seized from these arrested Over Ground Workers (OGW’s).
In response to a question, he said that militants killed in Barzulla gunfight who were hiding in a residential house were involved in these highway attacks.
IGP also appealed to ‘fugitive’ SPO who has run away with two assault rifles to return and he will be dealt as per law.
In response to a question on Chadoora Encounter IGP said that one militant was caught alive with and assault rifle while the other one escaped.
Meanwhile, a militant was apprehended after a brief exchange of fire in Hardpora area of Chadora in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on riday.
Reports said that the militant who escaped from the spot is the same SPO who had gone missing along with two AK-47 rifles from Chadora two days back.
Sources said that a group of militants attacked soldiers from 53 Rashtriya Rifles and Para-military troopers in Chadora. The area was cordoned off after the attack while in the orchards of Hardpora Chadora the militants were trapped.
During the exchange o ire, the SPO escaped from the spot while another was apprehended after he was trying to flee from the spot.
Pertinently, Special Police Officer of J&K Police Altaf Hussain Bhat, a resident of Qazipora Chadoora, went missing with two AK-47 rifles from Special Operation Group camp Chadoora on Wednesday morning. He was working as an SPO for the last five years.
Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar confirmed that SPO managed to escape from the encounter spot while another militant Jahangir Ahmed was caught live. Jahangir had gone missing on 12 October while his family had lodged a missing report in the police station.
Elsewhere, security orces claimed that it unearthed a hideout belonging to militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba and recovered over 2000 AK-47 rifle rounds.
A police official said that after receiving inputs about the movement of militants Joint Forces including soldiers from 55RR, 185 Battalion CRPF and Jammu Kashmir Police cordoned off Kawni Orchards in Awantipora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
During search operation, a hideout belonging to LeT was unearthed and arms and ammunition was recovered from the said hideout.
The official said 2091 rounds of AK-47 rifle, a Pistol with a magazine, 3 live- Grenades and indiscriminating material were recovered from the hideout.
He said that a case vide FIR number 177/2020 under relevant sections has been registered and investigation set into motion. (with inputs from KNT)