Srinagar: Police on Wednesday claimed to have busted three militant modules by arresting at least nine men.
A police statement identified the identified the arrested as Rizwan Ahmad Pandit, “head of the module”, son of Assad-ul-laha Pandit resident of Awantipora; Shahid Manzoor, son of Manzoor Ahmad Pinchoo resident of Jawbara Awantipora; Zahid Ahmad, son of Nisar Ahmad Dar, resident of Redwani Kulgam; Mohammad Hussain, son of Mohammad Abdullah Rather, resident of Nowpora Arwani; and Manzoor Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Hassan, resident of Nowpora Arwani.
“Investigation so far reveals that Rizwan was the main motivator to recruit the youth towards militancy and played key role in joining of Ufaid Farooq Lone son of Farooq Ahmad Lone resident of Awantipora in militant ranks from Awantipora,” said a spokesperson.
It claimed the arrested were involved in carrying UBGL attacks on national highway. “Moreover, they also provide vital information about movement of security forces to militants,” it said.
In another instance, police said, a joint team busted second militant module by arresting two persons. They were identified as Shahwaiz Ahmad Wani son of Showkat Ahmad Wani and Towseef Ahmad Bhat son of Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, both residents of Chersoo. “Both of them were involved” in arranging and providing arms and ammunition to militants in south Kashmir, police said.
A third module was busted, police said, by arresting two men identified as Gowhar Ahmad Dar son of Ali Mohammad Dar resident of Renzipora and Showkat Ahmad son of Ghulam Mohammad resident of Khiram.
“On their questioning they disclosed the locations of hideouts at Tahab Pulwama, Khallan and Khiram which were accordingly busted and destroyed,” A police spokesperson said. “A huge quantity of arms and ammunition including incriminating material was recovered. All of them have been booked under relevant section of laws and investigation has been initiated.”