Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday claimed to have arrested six militant associates of Lashkar-e-Toiba in Sopore & Bandipora.
A police spokesman said that in Sopore a joint checkpoint was established by police along with the army and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force at Chinar crossing in Darpora.
During checking, it was noticed that three persons coming from village Gund Brath towards village Bomai were roaming in suspicious conditions and were subsequently asked to stop, but they tried to flee from the spot, however, they were apprehended tactfully by the forces.
They have been identified as Arafat Majeed Dar, a resident of Harwan, Tauseef Ahmed Dar, a resident of Taliyan Mohalla, and Momin Nazir Khan, a resident of Arampora.
Police said that incriminating materials, arms, and ammunition including two pistols, two pistol magazines, 13 pistol rounds, and a hand grenade were recovered from their possession.
They have been arrested and shifted to the police station where they remain in custody, police said.
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that the arrested militant associates were providing logistical and other materialistic support to the militants,” the spokesman claimed.
Similarly, police in Bandipora have arrested three militant associates of LeT after receiving specific input regarding their activities in the main town and its adjoining areas.
They have been identified as Ghulam Mohammad, Irshad Hussain both residents of Ashtangoo, and Ashiq Hussain, a resident of Sopore.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that these militant associates were working to expand the militant activities of LeT, especially foreign militants by providing them logistic and other material support including mobile phones and Sim cards. One among the arrested persons is a former militant, the police said.