Say 4 ‘militants’, 6 ‘OGWs’ arrested
BARAMULLA: Police has claimed a breakthrough in the killing of three youth by unknown gunmen in Baramulla on April 30.
At as press conference in Baramulla, along with army and CRPF officials, police claimed to have busted a Lashkar-e-Toiba module during the process by arresting four “militants” and six over ground workers (OGWs)”.
DIG North Kashmir Sunil Gupta, SSP Baramulla Imtiyaz Hussain, along with army and CRPF officers said that soon after the killing of three youth by unknown gunmen near Khanpora bridge, multiple parties of police, army and CRPF were deployed to track the culprits.
Three civilian Haseeb Nabi Khan, Asif Ahmad Sheikh and Mohammad Asgar Sheikh were killed in Iqbal Market Old Town Baramulla near Khanpora Bridge on April 30. Police said initial eye witness accounts suggested involvement of three to four militants who escaped towards Drangbal-Hajibal forest area.
The whole area from Hajibal forest area to Drangbal stone quarries including Kirmani Colony Drangbal were put under continues surveillance for many days. “Thereafter suspicious movement was observed by one of the security force parties deployed in the area and thereafter an operation was launched in Hajibal-Drangbal forest area.”
They said, that while zeroing in the target area, the militants fired towards the government forces, but were chased and one of them was overpowered and captured in injured condition. The hide out was busted, and arms and ammunition recovered from there.
Police said that another militant Bilal Ahmad Najar aka Sameer son of Gulam Ahmad Najar resident of Banglow Bagh Baramulla was apprehended near cremation ground of Sikh Community located in the same area after being overpowered.
After questioning, police said, the involvement of Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit was established in the killing of three youth, and during investigation involvement of four militants surfaced: Suhaib Farooq Akhoon aka Abu Huraira son of Farooq Ahmad Akhoon of Khanpora, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat alias Shera son of Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat resident of Qazi Hamam Baramulla, Ajaz Ahmad Gojri aka Abu Umair son of Abdul Rehman of Jami Mohalla Baramulla (arrested), Bilal Ahmad Najar aka Abu-Sameer son of Ghulam Ahmad Najar of Banglow Bagh Baramulla (arrested).
They said that Bilal Ahmad Najar had tracked the movement of the target youth. Suhaib Akhoon and Aijaz Gojree opened fire by AK 47 rifles while as Bilal Najar used a Chinese pistol.
“As all of these militants are locals of Baramulla they were spotted by eye witnesses who reported to police and army.”
Police said that a Pakistani suspected to be involved in the killings in initial eye witness accounts turned out to be Aijaz Gojri who had changed his appearance.
“All the weapons of offence, i.e. 02 AK rifles and one pistol have been recovered and empty cartridges recovered from the scene of crime have same markings as of those of live cartridges recovered from the apprehended militants and their hideout.”
After the killings, the four militants, police said, fled from the spot in an Alto Car (JK01J-0010) provided by one Uzair Amin Bhat son of Mohammad Amin Bhat of Chesti Colony Baramulla who has been arrested along with the vehicle.
“Out of the three civilians killed names of two had figured in threatening video issued by Lashkar in year 2016 from old town Baramulla during unrest.”
Police said that during sustained interrogation of the arrested militants, the government forces were able to unearth an LeT module operating in Sopore-Baramulla belt and in all four active militants of the LeT have been apprehended along with six OGWs.
They said that one Nadeem Ahmad Dar aka Abu Osama of Nowpora Kalan Sopore along with Suhaib Akhoon had been the main motivators and commanders of the group. Nadeem had allegedly provided arms and assistance to the militants involved in the killing. He has also transported them to Baramulla from Sopore in white Santro car on April 25th. The vehicle has also been recovered. He has been in direct contact with a Pakistani militant, Hanzulla Adnan, based in Pakistan, police said.
Police said that two cases of grenade attacks on Police Station Baramulla were also solved in the process by apprehending one Naseer Ahmad Mochi of Amargrah Sopore.
“He was provided grenades on two occasions by apprehended militant Ajaz Ahmad Gojri and subsequently lobed by him on police station Baramulla on 2/12/2017 and 22/01/2018 in which two policemen had got injured.”
The officials said that two AK 47 rifles with 50 rounds four magazines, two Chinese pistols with two magazines and four hand grenades were recovered from them.