A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) network was unmasked and seven members of the outfit were arrested in Jammu and Rajouri districts, police have said.
They said most militant cases in Jammu province have been solved with the busting of the three LeT modules in two districts.
“We have busted three modules of LeT which were running on instructions from across the border. Seven members of the network have been arrested. This has given a setback to the LeT in Jammu,” Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu division, Mukesh Singh told a press conference.
Two modules were busted in the Rajouri district and four members of the LeT were arrested. One module was busted in the Jammu district and three LeT members were nabbed, he added.
A large cache of arms, ammunition, and explosives was seized, Singh said.
The LeT module busted in Jammu was in operation for over two years in the Khatika Talab area of the city. It was involved in the collection and ferrying of weapons and explosives being dropped via drones from the Pakistani side along the International Border, he said.
It was being operated by one Faisal Muneer of Khatika Talab, who was being directed by LeT militant Bashir of Doda, currently in Pakistan, and another militant code-named Albert, the police official said.
These included 15 drone-related and six terror-related cases, he added.
In reply to a question about the modules’ involvement in the Katra bus blast case, Singh said that matter is under investigation.
To another question about any further breakthrough in the arrest of LeT militant Talib Hussain, who used to be a BJP functionary, he said the investigation is on.
The Lashkar-e-Taiba module operating in Jammu was involved in receiving and ferrying huge consignments of weapons and explosives dropped by 15 drone sorties in border areas of the city from the Pakistan side, Singh said.
The investigation into weapons dropping from drones in Jammu, Samba, and Kathua districts led to the arrest of one Habib of Hariya Chak in Kathua, he said.
During questioning, Habib admitted his role as a receiver of multiple consignments of arms and ammunitions dropped through drones. He also said he is part of a network and was working on the directions of Faisal Muneer, the ADGP said.
The consignments received by Habib were carried to Jammu by him and delivered to different persons at different locations in the directions of Muneer, he said.
After these disclosures, Munir was picked up and questioned, following which he accepted his link with Pakistan-based handlers and his involvement in the nexus, Singh said.
Muneer disclosed that he was in touch with these handlers for more than two and half years and had received 15 consignments dropped by drones at multiple locations in Samba and Kathua, including Manyari, Mawa, Hari-e-Chak, the police official said.
He delivered these consignments at different locations in Jammu and also in the Kashmir Valley in the directions of Pakistani handlers, Singh said.
He said Muneer was involved in the HSH school case some years ago and was currently out on bail.
On Muneer’s revelations, one AK 46 rifle, two AK magazines, 60 AK rounds, five pistols, 15 pistol magazines, 100 pistol rounds, two pistol silencers, eight grenades, and a weighing machine besides weapon cleaning accessories were seized from his residence, Singh said.
He said one more accused Miayan Sohail of Kathua was also arrested in the case and the involvement of more persons in this network is suspected and an investigation is going on.