Police Arrests 3 ‘Lashkar OGWs’ For Bank Robberies

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Trio Also Killed A Civilian, Looted Petrol Pump: Police

Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed to have cracked the sensational case of a bank robbery in north Kashmir’s Pattan by arresting three people, who were involved in the heist and other robberies in district Budgam as well.

In a statement issued to media here, a police spokesperson said that an FIR was registered at the police station Pattan and a special investigation team was constituted after receiving information about a bank robbery at J&K Bank branch in Khare Sherabad.

He said that during the course of investigation with aid of modern and scientific methods of investigation including CCTV footage and human intelligence, investigating officers were able to identify the group involved in the commission of crime.

The police spokesperson said that three alleged militant associates LeT identified as Rahil Ahmad Parray of Kanihama, Arif Ahmad Mir of Mazhama and Naseer Ahmad Bhat of Singhpora were arrested in a joint operation with army’s 29 RR on a specific input generated by police.

During further course of investigation, he said, it was revealed that the arrested trio were also involved in other three robberies, including Grameen Bank Ogmuna on March 12, Grameen Bank Panzinara on March 16 and J&K Bank Chandipora on March 24 and had decamped with total cash of Rs 9, 51,896.

“Investigation also revealed that the arrested trio were working on the behest and directions of local active militants Yosuf Dar @Kantru and Abrar Nadeem Bhat linked with LeT,” he said.

He further claimed that the trio were also involved in looting of ₹3,50,000/- from a petrol pump at Budgam on February 18 and killing of a civilian namely Naseer Ahmad Khan at Buchipora Magam on April 11.

“On their disclosure the recoveries made include Cash Rs 24,500, 1 Chinese pistol, 2 magazines, 25 live rounds, two 12-bore rifles, 3 cartridges, 2 pouches, 1 multipurpose knife, 3 PPE kits, 1 weapon tying chain and three vehicles viz, Alto K-10 JK05G-5626, Alto-800 JK05G-4664, Alto K-10 without number plate were recovered. Further investigation into the matter is in progress,” the police spokesperson added.

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