‘9 OGWs, 2 militants arrested in Watlab’
Sopore: Police has claimed to have busted a big module of over ground workers (OGW) of militant outfits in northern Kashmir, besides arresting two active militants.
Giving details at a press conference here, Senior Superintendent of Police, Sopore Harmeet Singh Mehta said the mission of the OGWs was to motivate youths in north Kashmir towards militancy.
The two militants were apprehended during a joint cordon and search operation of Police, MARCOS, and CRPF on Jan 7, police said, adding the two militants were hiding near a school and tried to open fire on the joint party but were overpowered and arrested.
They have been identified as Mushtaq Ahmad Chopan alias Haroon son of Ghulam Mohammad Chopan resident of Wagad Tral and Shija-ud-din Sheikh son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Sheikh resident of Dadsara Tral. Both are affiliated with Hizbul Mujajhideen, police said.
Police said one AK47 rifle, along with one magazine, (15 bullets), one pistol, along with magazine and three bullets and a hand grenade were recovered from their possession.
During the course of investigation, police said, the names of nine persons surfaced as conduits working for the militants, who were in contact with militants in south Kashmir, especially Reyaz Naikoo Hamaad of HM and Ali and Qasim of JeM.
The joint party of police along with MARCOS, 22 RR and CRPF arrested the nine men identified as Irshad Ahmed Lone son of Abdul Rashid Lone resident of Seer Tral, Humaiz resident of Kupwara, Tajamul Islam Shah son of Mohammad Maqbool Shah resident of Dangerpora Sopore, Syed Tamiz u din son of Syed Mohiuddin resident of Dangerpora Sopore, Ghulam Nabi Mir son of Mohammad Akbar Mir resident of Iqbal Nagar Sopore, Mudasir Ahmed Mir son of Mohammad Akbar Mir resident of Iqbal Nagar Sopore, Saleem Ahmed Beigh son of Mushtaq Ahmed Beigh resident of Sheikh Sahib Sopore, Muzamil Ahmed Ganie son of Ghulam Hassan Ganai resident of Shiekh Sahib Sopore and Showket Ahmed Kaboo son of Ali Mohammad Kaboo resident of Arampora Sopore.
Mehta said letter pads of militant outfits, posters, recruitment forms, and mobile phones were recovered from them.
Replying to a question Mehta said that 15 to 20 militants are active in the Sopore belt.