AWANTIPORA: The police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two recently recruited Hizbul Mujahideen militants at a naka (check post) near railway crossing Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
The arrested militants have been identified as Jan Mohammad Sheikh, son of Abdul Aziz, resident of Kaweni Dugripora Awantipora, and Nasir Ul Islam, son of Shabir Ahmad Shah, resident of Panzgam Awantipora.
A senior police officer told Kashmir Reader that both the arrested militants had recently joined the Hizbul Mujahideen and were active in Awantipora area.
The arrested militants were in close contact with Hizbul Mujahideen commander Lateef Ahmad Dar alias Tiger of Dogripora Awantipora, the police officer said.
Both the militants were arrested by a joint team of police, army’s 55 RR, and paramilitary CRPF near the railway crossing in Awantipora area, the officer said.
He said that acting on credible input about movement of militants in Dugripora Panzgam area, a joint naka was established at Panzgam railway underpass by army’s 55 RR, Awantipora Police, and 185 CRPF on late Tuesday evening.
“At around 9.30pm two persons were spotted going towards Panzgam. They were asked to stop but they ran towards village Dugripora. The duo was chased and apprehended,” the police officer said.
He said that upon searching them, one UBGL thrower, two hand grenades, and some live rounds of AK series were recovered from their possession.
He said that a case, FIR number 200/2018, under Section 7/25 Arms Act had been registered against the duo at Police Station Awantipora and investigation taken up.