25 militants active in Tral, Awantipora area: Police
AWANTIPORA: Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested five youth, three of them from Awantipora and two others from Kupwara, who were planning to join militant ranks.
Senior Superintendent of Police Awantipora, Mohammad Zahid Malik, said in a press conference on Tuesday that 25 militants were active in Tral and Awantipora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The SSP also said that ten militants active in the area belonged to Jash-e-Mohammad militant outfit while the rest were in the ranks of other organizations. He did not name the other organisations.
SSP Kupwara, Shamsheer Hussain, in a separate press briefing said that police, in a cordon and search operation in Manigah Hyhama area, apprehended two youth moving around suspiciously. “They identified themselves as Danish Ghulam Lone (20) s/o Ghulam Mohd Lone r/o Brah Badna Pulwama, and Suhail Ahmad Bhat (21) s/o Ghulam Mohi u din Bhat r/o Dogripora Pulwama. Some incriminating documents including the map of areas adjoining to LoC and some posters of HM outfit were also recovered from their possession,” he said.
“They disclosed that they were motivated by one active HM terrorist namely Adnan operating in Pulwama/Awantipora area for joining the militant ranks and ex-filtration to PoK for obtaining arms training. They further disclosed that said HM terrorist Adnan had also asked them to visit the Central Jail Srinagar and meet one HM cadre Ishaq Paul R/o Shopian, a militant under detention,” he added.
A case (FIR number 279/2017) under section 13, 18, 18-B of Prevention of Unlawful activities act and 120-B RPC stands registered in Police Station Kupwara.
SSP Awantipora said that “all the five are being counseled and Muntazir from Bra Bundina, Awantipora, will be handed over to his parents as he has to appear in class 12th examination.” He added that other three would also be released after they get motivated and counseled that they would not indulge in any unlawful activity.
SSP also said that in Tral and Awantipora areas, 25 militants were operating, but police and other government forces “have a dominating role in the area”.
“We have busted three hideouts and many Over Ground Worker have been apprehended, besides two militants,” he said, adding that the situation would improve in coming days.
Meanwhile, Muntazir’s father, Abdul Hamid Wani thanked police for their timely intervention and appealed parents to keep a vigil on their children.
“I thank police for apprehending my son alive and for counseling him,” said Wani.