February 2000 News

Two Al-Fateh militants held in Kashmir

8 February 2000
Indian Express

SRINAGAR: Two hardcore militants belonging to pro-Pakistan Al-Fateh outfit were arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) in a swift operation here on Tuesday.

The militants, indentified as Mehraj-ud-Din Lone alias Farhad and Irfan Ahmed Bhut alias Mufi, were nabbed from the Karan Nagar locality of Srinagar where they had come to chalk out a plan to carry out attacks on the security forces, a BSF spokesman told PTI.

The operation was conducted by the BSF intelligence wing, Yousmarg team, with the assistance of 22nd Battalion of the force, the spokesman said, adding Yousmarg team led by junior staff officer J S Pathania had gathered specific information that some militants of Al-Fateh had planned to visit Karan Nagar to give final shape to their plan to launch attacks on the security forces camping in the area.

The suspected hideout of the outfit was monitored round-the-clock and finally the militants were apprehended on Tuesday in a swift operation, the spokesman said.

The questioning of the militants revealed their involvement in a large number of militancy-related incidents including grenade and land-mine blasts in Srinagar and Tangmarg area during the last couple of months, he said.

The spokesman said Lone, a resident of Tangmarg area, told his interrogators that he had received arms training for three months in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) during his nine-month stay in Pakistan from September 1998 to June 1999.


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