2 ‘Jaish OGWs’ Arrested; DeM Smells Foul

SRINAGAR: Security forces have arrested two Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and recovered two pistols in north Kashmir district of Baramulla on Friday, official sources told UNI.

They said on a tip off security forces arrested two JeM OGWs in Baramulla today. Two pistols were also recovered from their possession, they said adding further details are awaited.

Meanwhile, all women pro-freedom group, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Friday lashed out at Jammu and Kashmir police and the “stooge” government for “implicating| two youth of Baramulla in “false, baseless and fabricated cases”.

DeM slammed the authorities for calling the duo as “over ground workers” of Jaish-e-Muhammad.

DeM chairperson, Syedah Asiya Andrabi, identified the duo as Sajad Ahmad Khan and Shabir Ahmad Bhat of Baramulla.

In a statement issued here, Andrabi said, “the two were languishing in Baramulla Joint Interrogation Centre for last five months and the police claiming that the duo was arrested yesterday is a lie.”

“The two were eye witness to the killing of a youth, Tahir Sofi, who was a scholar and was martyred by brutal police forces in March 2013 after Shaheed Afzal Guru’s martyrdom in Baramulla when there was a peaceful protest going on. The duo was followed by police and as a result they were on a run. However, their parents later handed them over to police. The police kept them in Joint Interrogation Centre Baramulla and were there for last over five months. Now, the puppet police has dragged them into false cases and termed them OGW’s of Jaish,” Andrabi explained in a statement.

“The duo is being punished only for being witness to a cold-blooded murder of Shaheed Tahir Sofi by the Indian brutal forces,” she added.

‘Militant Surrenders’

A “newly recruited” militant from north Kashmir’s Kupwara district has surrendered before officers of J&K police’s CID and CIK in Srinagar, sources told GNS news agency on Friday.

The sources revealed that Wahid Ahmed Ganaie, son of Ghulam Qadir Ganaie, resident of Tirch village of Kupwara went missing from home on 12-11-2016 and later it surfaced that he has joined militant ranks.

“He provided logistics/transportation to different militant groups operating in north Kashmir. Due to continuous pressure by police and Army and after being fed up with continuous raids on his house/hideouts, he surrendered before CID and CIK officers at Srinagar,” the sources informed.

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