Hizbul’s terror module busted in J&K’s Kupwara, 5 held

Kashmir terror attack
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Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Security Forces have busted a Hizbul Mujahideen terror module in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district by arresting one active terrorist of the outfit along with four Over Ground Workers (OGWs) while recovering arms and ammunition from them.

In an official statement, the police said that acting on inputs regarding the cross-LOC weapons smuggling module, a joint operation was launched by the Police, Army and CRPF late last night in Kupwara.

Arms and ammunition recovered (Photo via arrangement)

The module was active in north Kashmir and would receive arms and ammunition through sources near LoC and later handover the same to the militants’ active in the Valley.

“Large quantity of weapons and war-like stores were recovered while as an active militant of Hizb was arrested besides four militant associates as well,” the statement read, adding that the local militant was identified as 22-year-old Pervez Ahmed Bhat of Lalpora in Lolab area of Kupwara.

“From Pervez’s possession, one AK-47 rifle and one 9mm Chinese pistol with magazines were recovered,” the statement said.

The four militant associates, who according to the police were supplying weapons to Hizbul militants operating in north Kashmir, have been identified as Altaf Ahmad Mir (35), resident of Hajibal in Kupwara, Gh Mohammad Kohli (35) R/O Warnnow, Lolab, Nizam Din Gujjar (44), R/O Gujarpati, Bandipora, and Ab Qayoom Gujar (29) R/O Khenura, Bandipora.

“In this well-coordinated operation executed by Kupwara Police, Army and CRPF, large quantity of arms and ammunition was also recovered that include 60 AK-47 rounds, one pistol, two pistol magazines, 12 pistol rounds and one pouch,” the statement said.

The security forces have stated that preliminary investigation revealed that these militant associates had established contacts with militant commanders Reyaz and Amjad, both hailing from Bandipora district of north Kashmir and were assigned the task of supplying arms and ammunition to them.

A case under relevant sections of law including UAPA has been registered at police station Lalpora, Kupwara and investigations have been taken up, police said.

-ARK