3 LeT militants, female associate among 7 arrested in Bandipora

Police on Monday claimed to have busted a militant module of Lashkar-e-Toiba by arresting seven militants and their associates including a woman in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

“During the course of investigation of cases regarding the recent Bandipora encounters, Police along security forces busted a militant module of LeT by arresting an active Pakistani trained militant, two-hybrid militants and four militant associates,” said a police spokesman in a statement to GNS. The “Pakistan trained” militant has been identified as Arif Ajaz Shehri son of Ajaz Ahmad alias Anfall of Nadihal, “who had gone to Pakistan on a valid visa in the year 2018 through Wagah Border and infiltrated back to this site after obtaining illegal arms training and started actively working with outfit LeT in Bandipora.”

The spokesman identified “hybrid militants” as Ajaz Ahmad Reshi son of Abdul Majeed of Rampora and Shariq Ahmad Lone son of Mohammad Sadiq Lone of Gundpora. “The arrested militants were tasked to carry out attacks on Police/SF and other soft targets, particularly in Bandipora district”.

The four militant associates have been identified as Riyaz Ahmad Mir alias Metha Shehri son of Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Plan Bandipora, Ghulam Mohammad Waza alias ‘Gul Bab’ son of Ghulam Qadir Waza of Tawheedabad Bagh, Maqsood Ahmad Malik son of Mohammad Jamal Malik of Chittibandy Aragam and Sheema Shafi Waza daughter of Mohammad Shafi of Tawheedabad Bagh.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested militant associates were involved in harbouring militants, providing logistics/material support including transportation of (militants) in the Bandipora district,” the spokesman said, adding, “The arrested female militant associate was also involved in providing Wi-Fi hotspot, accommodation and ferrying militants in town Bandipora.”

He said, “incriminating materials, arms ammunition including 02 Pistols, 03 Pistol Magazine, 25 Pistol rounds, 03 Hand Grenades were recovered from their possession.” Besides, he said, an Ecco Van (JK15A-1528) which was being used in the ferrying militants from Bandipora to Nowgam, Pantha Chowk and Srinagar was also seized.

“Moreover, 03 Scooties were also seized, which were being used for the recce of Police, security establishments, monitoring security forces’ movement, and ferrying militants in Bandipora areas,” he said, adding, “Similarly, one Maruti-800 Car and one Pulsar Bike were also seized.”

The statement added that cases under the relevant sections of the law have been registered and further investigation is going on.