Grenade lobbing module busted

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Srinagar: Police busted a Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaishe-e-Muhammad module that was involved in a grenade attack in Tral in December last in which four  civilians lost their lives and 23 were injured, a police statement said.

According to the District Police authorities, on December 5 militants hurled a grenade in a busy market at Main Chowk, Tral when there was  a heavy rush of people after Friday prayers resulting in on the spot death of a civilian and splinter injuries to 26 others, the statement said.

“Among the injured two persons succumbed to splinter injuries later in the hospital while another Ali Mohammad Shah died after a  few months. Police registered a case  and investigation was set in motion,” the statement said.

Subsequently, two members of the module Suhail Majeed Bhat, son of Abdul Majid Bhat resident of Noorpora and Gulzar Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Nabi resident of Nagbal Tral were arrested.

“During their questioning,” the statement said, “they revealed that they were working for Adil Pathan (JeM commander) and  Zakir of HM outfit and the grenade at Tral was lobbed by them  to disturb the election process. Police said Gulzar Ahmad is also involved in timber smuggling, kidnapping and various militancy related cases in Awantipora and Tral. 

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