Baramulla: Police and army have reportedly arrested four militants and seven over-ground workers (OGWs), among them those who killed three youths in Baramulla old town on April 30, in different raids in Baramulla and Sopore towns in the past week. Sources said that the militants and OGWs were arrested from Drangbal, old town Baramulla, Azadgunj, and areas of Sopore town.
The police in Baramulla have officially not confirmed any arrest, but police sources identified the arrested militants as Nasir Ahmad Mochi, Bilal Ahmad Najar, Aijaz Ahmad Gojri and Nadeem Kalia alias Ustad. They identified six of the seven arrested OGWs as Owais Rashid Bhat, Ozair Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Ameen Bhat, Muzamil Bashir, Sharif Bashir Bhat and Nayeem Abdulla. The police sources said that one pistol was recovered from the possession of the arrested militants while an Alto car bearing registration number JK01J-0010 was also seized from their possession.
The police sources said that these arrested persons were involved in the killing of three youths near Khanpora bridge in old town Baramulla.
On April 30, three youths who were residents of old town Baramulla – Asgar Ahmad Sheikh, Asif Ahmad Sheikh and Haseeb Ahmad Khan – were shot dead by unidentified gunmen near Khanpora bridge. In the following days, police and army conducted cordon and search operations (CASOs) in Drangbal area, two kilometres from old town Baramulla, over three days, but using drone cameras could not find any militant there.
Police sources said that later the police arrested the militants and OGWs in night raids at different parts of Baramulla district.
Though the police in Baramulla have blamed the killing of the three youths on militants, the United Jihad Council (UJC), which is a joint front of militant groups operating in Kashmir, and also the Hizbul Mujahideen condemned the killings and said the youths were not killed by any militant outfit.