3 LeT aides, one AGH associate arrested in Bla, Shopian: Police

Srinagar: The security forces arrested three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror associates and recovered ammunition and cash from their possession in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Sunday.

A police spokesman said during checking and patrolling at Kalgai near Jhula foot bridge in the north Kashmir district on Saturday, security forces intercepted two suspected persons coming from Kamalkote towards the national highway carrying bags.

The two were identified as Zameer Ahmad Khanday, resident of Madiyan Kamalkote, and Mohammad Naseem Khanday, resident of Madiyan Kamalkote.

During the search, three Chinese grenades and Rs 2.5 lakh in cash were recovered from them, the spokesman said.

A case was registered and during sustained questioning, both the accused disclosed that they illegally acquired grenades while cash was provided to them by one Manzoor Ahmad Bhatti so that they could execute any terrorist act, he said.

Bhatti was picked up for questioning during which he disclosed that he had supplied the grenades and cash to the two persons for the commission of terror acts and had also kept one hand grenade and cash at a location near his house, the spokesman said.

The Chinese hand grenade and Rs 2.17 lakh were recovered after his disclosure.

Bhatti has also been arrested, and further investigation in the case is going on, the spokesman added.

They were working as terrorist associates and were linked with the proscribed terror outfit LeT/TRF, the police said.

TRF or The Resistance Front is a shadow outfit of the LeT.

Meanwhile, a spokesman said that police alongwith security forces arrested a terrorist associate linked with proscribed terror outfit Ansar Guzwatul Hind (AGH) in Shopian and recovered arms & ammunition from his possession.

On 26/11/2023, Police along with Army (44 RR) & CRPF (14th Bn) at a checkpoint established at Habdipora Shopian Crossing, intercepted a suspected person who was coming from Kundalan towards Shopian. He has been identified as Farman Khursheed Wani son of Khursheed Ahmad Wani resident of Gagren Shopian.

During search, incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 01 Pistol, 02 Pistol Magazines, 10 rounds of 9mm Caliber and a Mobile Phone was recovered from his possession.

During preliminary questioning, the arrested terrorist associate disclosed that he is working as a terrorist associate of banned outfit AGH and was supposed to carry out attacks on security forces in the district.

Regarding the incident, a case vide FIR No.194/23 under relevant sections of law has been registered in Police Station Shopian and investigation of the case has been initiated.

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