Baramulla: Police Saturday claimed they busted a network of people who had been spearheading militant activities and recruiting youths into militancy in Baramulla and Sopore.
North Kashmir range deputy inspector general of police Nitish Kumar told a press conference that the police busted the network after the arrest of “Hizb militant Irshad Ahmad Shah of Seelu, Sopore”.
Kumar said Shah had been active for the past two years. He also accused Shah and “two absconders” of killing a civilian Mohammad Amin Mir son of Abdul Ahad Mir of Bahrampora.
Kumar said the “conspiracy to kill Mir was hatched in the home of Hizb over ground worker Azhar Imtiyaz of Baharmpora who also has been arrested”.
“With his (Shah’s) arrest, police, army and CRPF in Sopore have been able to lay hands on network of over ground activists of the outfit who were aiding and abetting militancy besides luring young boys towards militancy.”
Along with Shah, nine persons—Mudasir Ahmad Ganie son of Gulam din Ganie of Ladoora; Abdul Majeed Dar son of Munawar Dar of Ladoora; Ajaz Ahmad Shah son of Mohammad Sultan of Shangergund; Azhar Imtiyaz son of Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Behrampora; Ghulam Mustafa Lone son of Mohammad Ashraf Lone of Thagund; Showkat Ahmad Mir son of Mohammad Zaffar of Bomai; Ajaz Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Subhan of Bomai; Mohammad Yasin Tantray son of Gulam Mohammad of Wadoora have been arrested.
Kumar said a militant, Azhar Khan of Kupwara, who was killed during a gunfight on February 4 was a “radical ideologue of the outfit who with other killed militant had gone to Pakistan on passport and received terrorist training there”.
“Based on the information which was generated during the course of these investigations some boys who were being recruited for militant activities were counselled and handed over to their parents thus saving their lives,” Kumar said and asked people to “watch over their children and not to let them to fall into the trap militant propaganda”.