Police in Indian-administered Kashmir claimed to have busted a module of a what it claimed was a recently floated insurgent outfit with the arrest of six people in south of the valley.
The police said they acted on a specific tip off, and arrested Imran Ahmed Hajam and Irfan Ahmed Ahanger, both residents of Khanabal, as they were travelling in a car in Doniwara in Bijbehara.
The duo, police said, had recently joined Lashker-e- Mustafa which it said was a proxy of Jaish-e-Muhammad, with most of its commanders based in Shopian district.
The police said they had inputs that the duo were contemplating an attack in Anantnag and Bijbehara towns.
“Multiple check points were established by soldiers from 3 Rashtriya Rifles and police and meanwhile at one the check points in Donipora, a car was signaled to stop and two persons in tried to escape but were apprehended,” the police said.
On questioning and frisking two pistols along with three magazines and 116 rounds were recovered from the duo, the police claimed.
During questioning, the police said, the arrested duo told them that Lashkar-e-Mustafa ‘was recently floated to give an impression that militancy in Kashmir is indigenous and not sponsored by Pakistan’.
The police claimed that the duo further revealed they are close associates of Hidayat Malik alias Hasnain of Sharafpora Shopian who is chief of the new outfit. “They were carrying recee of the area to plant an IED in order to target government forces and police.”
“Later on multiple raids were conducted at various locations and 4 over ground workers Bilal Ahmed Kumar of Haff Shopian, Tawfeeq Ahmed Lawey of Pushwara Anantnag, Muzamil Ahmed Wani of Muniward Anantnag and Aadil Ahmed Rather of Khandipari Harnag, were arrested.
“Two grenades, a kilogram of explosive material and 30 rounds of AK-47 rifle were recovered from their possession,” the police claimed.