Al-Badr Module Busted In Sopore, 7 Held

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Srinagar- Police on Saturday claimed to have busted a module of Al-Badr by arresting four hybrid militants and three of their associates in Sopore town of Baramulla district.

Based on specific inputs that Al-Badr is planning to carry out attacks on government forces at several places in Sopore, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by police, army’s 32RR & 92Bn CRPF in Rawoocha Rafiabad, a police spokesperson said Saturday.

During the search operation, he said, 3 hybrid militants of Al-Badr were arrested. He identified them as Waris Tantry of Rawoocha Rafiabad, Amir Sultan Wani of Nowpora Sopore and Tariq Ahmad Bhat of Chontipora Handwara.

During preliminary questioning, the police spokesperson said that the arrested trio confessed that they are in close contact with the “terror handlers” of Al-Badr from last two years.

“They further disclosed that Pak based terror handlers namely Yousuf Balousi R/o Pakistan and Khursheed R/o Anantnag A/P Pakistan directed them to revive the terror folds in Rafiabad Sopore by recruiting youth into terror folds of Al-Badr outfit, providing logistic support to active terrorists, procurement/arranging weapons for new recruits etc,” he said.

Moreover, the police spokesperson said that on their disclosure another hybrid militant identified as Ashraf Nazir Bhat of Arin Bandipora was arrested in a joint operation by Sopore Police and 21 RR.

Besides, he said, 3 militant associates identified as Mohd Ashraf Malik of Drungsoo, Mohd Afzal Thokar and Shabir Ahmed Shah of Mawar Handwara were also arrested.

“Incriminating materials, war like stores including huge cache of arms & ammunition and huge amount of cash meant for carrying out terror activities were also recovered from their possession,” the police spokesperson said.

Accordingly, he said, a case vide FIR number 14/2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Dangiwacha.

“Further investigation into the matter is in progress,” he added.

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