4 militants, 7 others arrested in Sopore, says police

Srinagar: Police claimed to have arrested 11 persons from Watlab area of north Kashmir, four of them were working as conduits of the militant outfits -Jaish and Hizb, a police spokesman said.

He said that on a specific information regarding the presence of militants in Watlab, cordon and search operation was launched by police along with MARCOS and CRPF on Monday at 10 PM in the night.

“During search operation militants were hiding near a school and the parties zeroed on to that area, troops arrested Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan alias Haroon, son of Gulam Mohammad Chopan of Wagad Tral, Shujauddin Sheikh, son of Ghulam Mohiduin Sheikh of Dadsara Tral, Irshad Ahmad Lone, son of Abdul Rashid Lone of Seer Tral and Humaiz, resident of Kupwara”.

Police said that they recovered One AK 47 rifle, one AK magazine, 15 AK rounds from the arrested militants.

Police further said that Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan alias Haroon tried to open fire on to the Police party but was overpowered and arrested. One pistol, one magazine, three pistol rounds and one hand grenade was recovered from HM militant Shija-u-din Sheikh and one hand grenade was recovered from Irshad Ahmad Lone.

Police said that a case FIR no 10/2018 U/S/7/25A act stands registered in police station Sopore and investigation is going on.

“During the course of the investigation, the names of the persons mentioned below surfaced who are working as conduits of these militants and they have been motivated to join the militantranks. For this these conduits are in contact with the militants of south Kashmir including Riyaz Naikoo and Hamad of HM and Ali and Qasim of JeM.”

Police told media persons that a lot of incriminating documents and mobile phones have been recovered from the conduits. Joint parties of police Sopore, MARCOS, 22 RR Army and CRPF busted HM and JeM network by arresting these OGWs.

The OGWs were identified as Tajamul Islam Shah, son of Mohammad Maqtoob Shah, Syed Tamiz-U-din, son of Syed Mohi-u-din of Dangerpora Sopore, Gulam Nabi Mir, son of Mohammad Akbar Mir, Mudasir Ahmad Mir, son of Mohammad Akbar Mir, of Iqbal Nagar Sopore, Saleem Ahmad Beigh, son of Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh, Muzamil Ahmad Ganie, son of Gulam Hassan Ganie, both residents of Sheikh Sahib Sopore, and Showkat Ahmad Kaboo son of Ali Mohammad Kaboo of Arampora Sopore.

Police said that the militants are from south Kashmir and had come to north Kashmir to recruit local youth to join militant ranks.

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