Baramulla: Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted an over-ground network of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant outfit in north Kashmir’s Hundwara town.
Addressing a press conference, superintendent of police, Handwara, Ghulam Jeelani, said three persons working as over-ground workers of the outfit have been arrested.
“They have been operating in the area for the last one year,” he said.
The arrestees were identified as Ghulam Nabi Lone, alias Prince, son of Abdul Rehman Lone of Udipora Langate, Umer Mushtaq Mir, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Mir of Yaroo Langate, and Ishfaq Ahmad Parray, son of Ghulam Ahmad Parray of Mandigam.
Jeelani said the accused were in close contact with a top commander of JeM. He instructed them to attack political workers and forces men, he said.
He said the police recovered grenades from their possession, while further investigations in the case were going on.
He said the arrested men were involved in many incidents including in the grenade attack on a telecommunication tower last year at Handwara.
“They were planning to carry out major attacks in Handwara and its adjourning areas, but police has now prevented the incidents from happening,” he said.
The superintendent said militants of JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen, and Lashkar-e-Toiba were active in Handwara, which is covered with dense forests.
“But we cannot disclose their number,” he said.