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Jaish module busted in Pulwama, 8 militant cadre held: Police

Armed forces on Tuesday claimed to have busted a Jaish-e-Mohammad module in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, arresting eight alleged militant associates.

Based on specific inputs, several suspects were arrested and leads were developed, resulting in the busting of the module operating in the Awantipora area of the south Kashmir district, a police spokesman claimed.

He identified the arrested as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar, Manzoor Ahmad Dar (all residents of Wagad); Fayaz Ahmad Rather, a resident of Pastuna; Shabir Ahmad Rather, a resident of Syedabad Pastuna; Mohammed Latief Rather, a resident of Syedabad Pastuna; Sheeraz Ahmad Mir, a resident of Aripal and Waseem Ahmad Bhat of Pastuna.

Incriminating materials including ammunition were also recovered from their possession. Besides, the vehicle used in the commission of the crime has also been seized, the spokesman said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested associates were involved in providing shelter, logistics, and transportation of arms/ammunition to two active JeM militants Asif Sheikh, a resident of Monghama, and Ajaz Bhat, a resident of Syedabad Pastuna Tral, he said.

A case has been registered and further investigation is in progress, the spokesman said. 

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