J&K: 6 militant associates held, vehicles used in Highway attacks seized

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Six militant associates were arrested and vehicles used by militants in carrying out attacks on security forces on Srinagar-Jammu national highway were seized by J&K police while a house where militants took shelter has been also identified, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said today.

Addressing a press conference at police station Pantha Chowk, Srinagar, IGP Kumar said that a series of attacks took place from August 14 this year to October 5 that include an attack on joint party of police and SSB personnel at Nowgam, Srinagar on August 14 in which two policemen were killed and one INSAS rifle was snatched.

“Similarly, on September 21, militants attacked ROP at new bypass and on September 25 militants attacked the CRPF party at Chadoora in which one CRPF man was killed and his weapon was also snatched. On October 5, another attack was carried out on ROP of CRPF at Taingan By-pass in which two CRPF men were killed and four others injured,” the IGP said.

He said in order to investigate the attacks, different teams were constituted by the West Zone Police, Srinagar.

“Around 9 to 10 suspects were identified and subsequently picked up by these teams. The teams were able to identify the links through human intelligence. Raids were conducted in Chadoora, Budgam, Nowgam and other areas of District Srinagar. The suspects were subjected to sustained interrogation and they confessed about their involvements and the militants involved,” the IGP said, adding that pinpoint location of the house where militants involved in these attacks were hiding at Barzullah, Srinagar was also obtained using human intelligence.

The IGP said that six militant associates were arrested, who have been identified as Waseem Ahmed Ganai of Ganaimohalla, Chatergam, Chadoora, Faisal Mushtaq Ganai of Aribagh, Nowgam, Shakir Ahmed Dar of Marvel, Kakapora, Pulwama, Suhail Shabir Ganai of Ganai Mohalla Chattergam, Chadoora, Budgam, Umar Nisar of Iqbal Coloney Wanbal, Shakerpora, Nowgam, Srinagar and Sahil Nisar of Aribagh, Nowgam.

He said that six vehicles were also seized from the arrested militant associates that include a Tavera jeep, a Pulsar motorcycle, a Yamaha bike, an Alto car, Alto-800, and another bike.