Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police along with Army (9RR) have arrested six militant associates linked with Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in Kulgam and recovered incriminating materials including huge cache of arms & ammunition, a police spokesman said on Friday.
“On the basis of specific information regarding carrying out of subversive activities in Mirhama and Damhal Hanjipora areas of district Kulgam, 06 militant associates were arrested in a joint operation by Kulgam police & Army (9RR),” a statement issued here reads.
They have been identified as Shahid Ahmad Padder @Jeela son of Ghulam Ahmad Padder, Ubaid Ahmad Itoo son of Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo, Aabid Mushtaq @Raju son of Mushtaq Ahmad Naik, residents of Mirhama, Danish Ahmad Dar son of Azad Ahmad Dar resident of D.H Pora, Nawaz Ahmad Ganie son of Mohd Abdullah Ganie resident of Dangerpora and Kifayat Ahmad Lone @Rinku son of Mohd Maqbool Lone resident of Mohammadpora.
On their instance, huge cache of arms & ammunition including 01 Pistol, 01 Pistol Magazine, 18 Pistol rounds, 01 Hand Grenade, 04 UBGL Shells, 02 Motor Shells, 30 AK-47 rounds, 446 M4 rounds, 08 M4 Magazines, 01 AK-47 Magazine, 01 Insas Magazine, 01 Wireless Set, 04 Walky Talky and other incriminating materials have been recovered, police said.
“During preliminary investigation, it surfaced that the arrested militant associates were linked with JeM and were in touch with militant handlers across border via various social media platforms. The arrested accused persons were hell bent to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in district Kulgam by way of grenade attacks, intimidating innocent civilians, standoff fire attacks on PRI members, minority communities etc.”
In this connection, police said that a case under FIR number 01/2023 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station DH Pora, Kulgam.
Further investigation into the case is in progress to expose the broader conspiracy, police said.