Two Lashkar militant associates arrested in Sopore: Police

SRINAGAR (KIMS) — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested two associates of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant outfit and recovered incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) from their possession.

Police in a statement said, Based on a specific input regarding presence of two suspected individuals near Saidpora Bypass area, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, Army (22 RR) and CRPF (179 Bn) in the said area. During the search operation, two suspected individuals were spotted trying to run away in an attempt to break the cordon.

Assessing the situation, the vigilant troops displayed situational awareness, extreme restraint and exceptional fire control in not opening the fire. Subsequentially, both the suspected individuals were arrested on the spot, the statement said.

The arrested individuals have been identified as Kaiser Manzoor Mir, son of Manzoor Ahmad, a resident of Behl Mohalla Saidpora and Muzaffar Majeed Mir, son of Abdul Majeed Mir, a resident of Shalpora, Brat Kalan.

During initial questioning, both the arrested accused persons confessed that they were working as associates for local active militant Bilal Ahmad Mir, a resident of Brath Kalan Sopore linked with proscribed militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the statement added.

The statement further said, Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 15 Pistol Rounds, 25 AK-47 Rounds, 1 IED and 2 Hand Grenades were recovered from their possession.

A case under relevant sections of law stands registered at Police Station and further investigation is in progress, the statement said. — (KIMS)