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Woman, who allegedly hurled petrol bomb in Sopore, arrested

The burqa-clad woman who hurled a petrol bomb on a forces bunker in Sopore town of Jammu and Kashmir has been arrested, officials said on Thursday.

According to the officials, the woman, identified as Hasina Akhtar from the Baramulla area of north Kashmir, allegedly came in contact with pro-Pakistan leader Asiya Andrabi, already in jail for a militant funding case registered by the National Investigation Agency, in 2008.

The woman, covered in a burqa, was captured in CCTV footage hurling the petrol bomb at the security bunker in Sopore on Tuesday evening.

There was no injury in the incident and she managed to escape.

She was, however, arrested by Sopore Police, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Vijay Kumar said, adding, that there are three FIRs registered under UAPA against her.

The woman was caught on CCTV installed at various places across the valley and later her identity was established after police talked to various sources spread across the apple-town of Sopore as well as the adjacent Handwara district.

One of the cases against 38-year-old Akhtar is one of 2021 for pasting posters of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba in Handwara of north Kashmir.

A class 10 pass out from Hanafi school, Akhtar was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police in 2021. She is out on bail since December last year.
Several raids were carried out and Sopore police were actively working on nabbing her.

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