Five ‘OGWs’ arrested
AWANTIPORA: Police on Monday claimed to have busted a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) module involved in several grenade attacks in Pampore and Khrew areas of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Addressing a press conference at his office in Awantipora, Superintendent of Police, Awantipora, Mohammad Zahid said that five over-ground workers (OGWs) have been arrested.
He said that the module was formed by Noor Mohammad Tantaray alias Noor Trali, who was killed in an encounter at Samboora village in Pulwama last year.
He said that five people were allegedly involved in the module who have been identified as Sajad Ahmad Bhat, son of Ali Mohammad Bhat, a Pakistan-trained ex-militant and “the modules’ king pin”, from Hergam Wuyan, Pampore; Umar Gani Sheikh, son of Abdul Gani Shiekh, resident of Drangbal, Pampore; Jan Mohammad Khanday, son of Abdul Rashid Khanday, resident of Meej, Pampore; Owais Ahmad Bhat, son of Abdul Rashid, resident of Danak Mohhalla, Khrew, and Muzzafer Hussain Bhat, son of Ghulam Mohammad, resident of Tulbagh, Pampore.
“They were involved in two grenade attacks, one at Khrew bus stand, Drangbal, Pampore, which was thrown on CRPF personnel in January this year, and other attack was carried out at Core Battle School (CBS), Khrew,” he said, adding that the module has revealed that they were carrying out operations under the guidance of Mufti Waqas, who is presently the JeM’s south Kashmir chief and a resident of Pakistan.
He also said that the five OGWs arrested have confessed that they were involved in the grenade attacks that happened in Pampore and Khrew.
He confirmed that police have reports that two locals were part of the outfit and believed that six to eight others might be part of this outfit.
He also said that busting the module was an important breakthrough that has led to many revelations that the police were investigating and that the leads were not only important for Pampore but carry further weight because of town’s proximity to Srinagar.
He expected that by busting the module, JeM attacks would be checked on highway and adjoining areas of Pampore.
“So far, what the police have been able to find was that this was the module that was given the command to carry out such kind of activities on highway,” SP said.
A case, FIR Nos 08/2018 U/S 2018,18B,20,39 ULA (P) act and 02/2018 U/S 307 RPC,3/5 Exp. Sub act, stands registered in Police Station Pampore/Khrew and investigations into it have been taken up.