Two newly recruited Al-Badr militants caught alive in J&K’s Sopore

Abid Bashir

Srinagar (NVI): Jammu and Kashmir police today said that two newly recruited militants of Al-Badr terror outfit surrendered before security forces during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in Shallpora, Tujjjar Shareef area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

A police officer said that on specific information, a joint CASO was launched by Sopore Police, Army’s 22-RR and CRPF at village Shallpora in Sopore.

“During the search operation, two militants were spotted hiding in a residential house, who turned out to be local newly recruited Al-Badr militants, who had joined the outfit on September 23 by circulating their photos of affiliation on social media holding grenades,” the officer said.

He said that before any engagement, their family members were brought in on the spot to persuade the militants to surrender. “The militants were persuaded by the collective efforts of security forces and their family members, who responded and surrendered before the security forces along with incriminating materials,” the officer said, adding that the arrested duo were identified as Abid Ahmad War and Mehraj-ud-din War, both residents of Wadoora in Sopore.

Regarding the incident, a case has been registered at Police Station Bomia and investigation has been taken up, police said.

Talking to reporters, General officer Commanding (GoC) of north Kashmir based Kilo Force, Maj. Gen. HS Sahi said that two militants accepted the surrender offer. “They were not carrying any weapons but they are involved in grenade throwing incidents. They have been missing for almost a month. Police will investigate with which outfit they were in touch and what activities they carried out,” he said.