March 2002 News

30 terror cases solved with arrest of 15 Hizb militants

11 March 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Police today claimed to have solved at least 30 terrorist cases, including an attack on a minister after arresting 15 Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir valley. Inspector General of Police K Rajindra said the militants had carried out a number of operations in Baramulla and Sopore killing 25 people and 14 security force personnel in the last one-and-a-half year. The cases solved include grenade attack on Works Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar last year in October at a public meeting in Baramulla town. The arrests followed information of a special team of Police and Special Operations Group (SOG), assisted by local army units, the IG said. The team identified three local HM groups - ‘Sheeri’, ‘Sangrama’ and ‘Baramulla’ - and succeeded in carrying out the arrests, he added. He said a huge cache of arms and ammunition was recovered during the operation. The seizure included six AK assault rifles, six pistols, 20 grenades, five wireless sets, four kgs of explosive material and 1,000 rounds of AK ammunition. The interrogation revealed involvement of the arrested in the ambush on Additional Superintendent of Police, Sopore in April last year which killed one policeman and injured four. Grenade attacks in Baramulla town in August and September 2000, and April 2001, too were carried out by these terrorists, the IG said. The HM militants were involved in the firing incident on the house of National Conference activist Ghulam Mohidin Bhat at Lalad-Sangrama in January this year.


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