Suhail A Shah
Anantnag: In raids conducted Tuesday night, police detained about a dozen people, almost all of them family members of active Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militants, here in Tral area of Pulwama district.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that police conducted raids at houses of at least three active militants and picked up their fathers, brothers and cousins.
The militants, whose houses were raided and their family members arrested, include Adil Ahmad Mir of Monghama village, Adfar Fayaz Parray of Ameerabad, and Hammad Khan of Seer village in Tral.
The raids came hours after a Special Police Officer (SPO) was shot at and injured in Pastuna village of Tral.
“The forces came in the night, at about 11:00 PM, and detained father and brother of Adil Mir,” a source in Monghama village told Kashmir Reader.
Among the detained is a 17-year-old Class 11 student, Talib Fayaz, brother of Adfar Fayaz of Ameerabad.
“Talib was scheduled to appear in his exams today. He was arrested, regardless,” a source in Ameerabad told Kashmir Reader.
Awantipora SSP Zahid Malik acknowledged that some people were arrested from Tral area.
“We have arrested some Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of militants. Some of them might turn out to be family members of militants. We are questioning and investigating,” Malik said.
Meanwhile, the Awantipora police claimed to have arrested a militant, a resident of Baramulla, from their jurisdiction.
Abdul Majid Shah, a resident of Pattan area in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, was travelling in a car, bearing registration number DL9CM0213, when he was intercepted by policemen in the area, the police in Awantipora said.
They said that Shah was in the area to get in touch with other militants to carry out “future strikes”.