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Two active militants arrested after three of their associates were held during road search: police

Police arrested two militants and three militant associates of terror outfit Al-Badr and seized arms and ammunition from their possession in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said on Tuesday.

“Police in Handwara busted a militant module of Al-Badr and arrested two active insurgents and three of their associates. Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, have been recovered,” a police spokesperson said.

He said acting on a piece of specific information regarding the movement of militants on Baramulla-Handwara highway in the north Kashmir district, a special checkpoint was established near Kachloo Crossing by armed forces.

During checking of vehicles, three people riding a motorcycle tried to escape from the spot but were apprehended by the alert forces, he said.

They were identified as Mohammad Yaseen Rather, Showkat Ahmad Ganie and Ghulam Nabi Rather, all residents of Kachloo Qaziabad village, the spokesman said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that those arrested were working for Al-Badr and were involved in providing logistic support, food and shelter to active militants, the spokesman said.

They were also helping to establish a militant associate network for the outfit, including identifying safe routes for their movement, he said.

Police registered a case, and further investigation was initiated.

During the course of the probe, the spokesperson said, those arrested disclosed that two other people known to them had recently joined militant ranks and were operating in the Handwara area.

Accordingly, he said, armed forces launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area of Baderkali.

During the operation, both the militants, along with arms and ammunition, were arrested, the spokesman said.

They were identified as Saleem Yousuf Rather and Ikhlaq Ahmad Sheikh, both residents of Watergam.

The investigation also revealed that the two joined militant ranks recently and were planning to attack security forces’ installations, panchs, sarpanchs and other people to create violence in the area, the spokesperson said.

Further investigation into the matter is in progress, he added.

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