4 Hybrid Militants Held In Srinagar: Police

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Srinagar- Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested four hybrid militants and two over-ground workers from Srinagar and Pulwama districts of the Kashmir Valley.

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Bemina, police and army’s 2RR established a checkpoint at the Bemina crossing, a police spokesperson said Tuesday. He said that two individuals approaching the checkpoint in a suspicious manner were challenged by the joint party on which they tried to flee.

“However they were tactfully apprehended by the joint party,” he said, adding that on frisking, one Chinese Tokarev Type 54 Pistol, one magazine and ten Chinese rounds each were recovered from their possession.

The police identified the duo as Tawoos Rasool Gada and Saleem Jan Bhat of Usmanabad, Bemina

On basis of their initial questioning, the spokesperson said that the duo disclosed that they were working as hybrid militants of TRF/LET and were involved in delivering pistols in the city to carry out “targeted killings at the behest of Pakistani Handlers”

On the basis of the disclosures made by the two individuals, he said, a cordon & search operation was launched at Hamdania Colony Srinagar and two more associates of the module identified as Abdul Hameed Rah alias Ali and Sajad Ahmed Marazi were arrested.

He further said that during checking two more Tokarev T54 pistols, two magazines and ten Chinese rounds were recovered from their possession.

“A case under the relevant provisions of law has been registered in Police Station Bemina and further investigation taken up,” he added.

Also, the spokesperson said that two militant associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were arrested by a joint team of police and army’s 50RR at a checkpoint established at Befina Chowk, Pampore.

He identified them as Arshid Ahmed Mir of Tral and Muzaffar Ahmad Chopan of Khanmoh Srinagar.

“Incriminating materials including two hand grenades were recovered from their possession,” he added.

The spokesperson further said that during preliminary questioning, the arrested duo disclosed that they had received these grenades from an active LeT militant Saqib Ahmad of Khanmoh to lob them on security forces in the area.

“A case vide FIR number 51/2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered at PS Pampore and further investigation into the matter is in progress,” he added.

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