IGP holds press conference, gives details of the planning and execution of attack
Anantnag: A shopkeeper, a medical representative, and a driver of a state transport bus (SRTC) have been arrested for providing logistic support to militants for carrying out the attack on Amarnath Yatris on July 10 in Battengoo area of Anantnag district.
“They are not civilians, they are militants without weapons,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Khan said at a presser here in Anantnag on Sunday.
He accused the trio of providing logistic support to the militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba who carried out the attack.
“The logistic support includes transporting militants, providing shelter to them, and actively carrying out reconnaissance of places for (carrying out) the attack,” the IGP said.
The arrested civilians have been identified as Bilal Ahmad Reshi of Bijbehera (shopkeeper), Aijaz Ahmad Wagay of Srigufwara in Bijbehara (medical representative) and Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh of Khodweni in Kulgam district (SRTC bus driver).
Reshi is the elder brother of slain Hizb militant Adil Reshi, who was killed on January 15 earlier this year.
The IGP reiterated his earlier claim of Lashkar-e-Toiba carrying out the attack on the Yatris. The Lashkar has denied any role in the attack.
Munir Khan said that the investigation into the case was over and the militants had been identified.
“The militants who actually carried out the attack include three Pakistanis: Abu Ismail alias Haroon, Maaviya, and Furqan, and a local boy from Kulgam, Yawar Bashir,” the IGP said.
Abu Ismail had replaced Abu Dujana as the Divisional Commander of LeT, a few months before Dujana was killed five days ago on August 1.
The IGP maintained that the arrested trio and the militants were in close contact throughout the planning and execution of the attack.
“The plan was to target either a CRPF vehicle or a vehicle carrying Yatris moving in isolation on the national highway. They were to execute the attack on July 9 but could not find any vehicle moving in isolation,” the IGP said.
He said that the attack was carried out on July 10 when information of an isolated Yatra vehicle was provided by the now arrested persons.
“They had code names ‘Bilal’ for a CRPF vehicle and ‘Showket’ for a Yatra vehicle. It was a meticulously planned attack,” the IGP said.
He said that the focus will be on neutralising the militants involved in the attack. “Which will be soon,” he said.