Two hybrid militants arrested for attacking YouTube journalist in Shopian: Police

SRINAGAR — Two hybrid militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) were arrested for attacking a YouTube journalist in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Police said on Friday.

The YouTube journalist namely Waseem Ahmad Wani, a resident of Heerpora Shopian was attacked by two motorcycle-borne militants at his native village in December last year.

Police in a statement said, during the course of investigation of case FIR No. 116/2022 U/S 307 IPC, 7/27 A Act and 16 UAP Act of Police Station Heerpora pertaining to militant attack on a YouTube journalist, a SIT was constituted.

The statement said that on the basis of oral, circumstantial and technical evidences, number of suspects were rounded up.

During questioning, 02 suspects identified as Suhaib Reyaz, son of Reyaz Ahmad Mir and Anayat Ullah Iqbal, son of Mohmmad Iqbal Wani, both residents of Saidapora Payeen Shopian admitted their involvement in the attack, it said.

It also came to fore that duo was working as hybrid militants of TRF, it added.

On their disclosure, the weapon of offence viz a pistol along with its magazine and 05 pistol rounds, besides an IED was recovered in the orchards of village Saidapora Payeen Shopian, the statement said adding further investigation of the case is underway.