Srinagar: Security forces arrested two ‘hybrid’ militants and recovered four pistols and ten grenades from the duo in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday.
Police said the two were arrested by Kupwara police and Army’s 28 Rashtriya Rifles at Maidanpora Kupwara during a cordon and a search operation which was launched following a credible input.
“Acting on a credible information that two militant associates affiliated with LeT (Lashkar-e-Taiba) have entered Maidanpora Lolab to carry out terrorist related activities, a joint cordon and search operation was launched in the area. During the course of the operation, a vehicle load carrier was signaled to stop. ..The vehicle stopped abruptly and two persons jumped out of it,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Kupwara Yougal Manhas said
He said one individual identified as Shamim Ahmad Khan of Khan Mohalla Kawari Laderwan Kupwara was immediately nabbed, while the other accomplice jumped in the fields.
“Khan was carrying a bag containing ten hand grenades,” SSP said.
After a hectic chase and search of the area, the other person identified as Talib Ahmad Sheikh of Ledarwan Kawari Kupwara was apprehended from a shop.
“From the search of his backpack bag, four pistols, eight pistol magazines and 140 live rounds of pistol were recovered,” Manhas said.
SSP Kupwara said a case under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Lalpora and investigations taken up to unearth the module involved in the case.
Manhas said the arrest of the two is a “major success against nefarious designs of militants to spread their activities in the valley.” (UNI)