SRINAGAR: Police busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba module and arrested six affiliates involved in a series of attacks — from August 14 to October 5 — on security forces along the national highway, IGP (Kashmir Range) Vijay Kumar said on Friday. The six vehicles used in these strikes were also seized.
On August 14, ultras attacked a team of J&K Police and Sashastra Seema Bal personnel at Nowgam, Srinagar, killing two cops besides snatching an Insas rifle, the IGP said at a press conference at Pantha Chowk police station here.
“On September 21, terrorists attacked a road-opening party (RoP) at New Bypass. On September 25, a CRPF party was attacked in Chadoora in which one paramilitary trooper was killed and his weapon snatched. Again on October 5, an RoP of CRPF was attacked in Taingan Bypass in which two CRPF personnel were killed and four injured,” Kumar said.
Several teams were constituted by West Zone Police, Srinagar, to solve the attacks. “Raids were conducted in Chadoora, Budgam, Nowgam, and other areas in Srinagar district. Around 9-10 suspects were identified and detained by these teams and subjected to sustained interrogation during which they confessed about their involvement with terrorists, following which the arrests were made. Sleuths were able to identify the links through human intelligence,” the IGP said.
During the raids, police also discovered a particular house in Srinagar’s Barazulla area used as a hideout by terrorists. The six Lashkar affiliates were identified as Waseem Ahmed Ganai and Suhail Shabir Ganai from Chadoora; Shakir Ahmed Dar from Kakapora in Pulwama; Faisal Mushtaq Ganai, Umar Nisar and Sahil Nisar from Nowgam in Srinagar. Six vehicles — including three four-wheelers and three motorbikes — were seized from them, IGP Kumar added.