April 2003 News

Gang Of Grenade-throwers Busted In Srinagar

21 April 2003
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Security forces have busted a gang of terrorists engaged in grenade- throwing by arresting seven militants and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in two different operations since Sunday night, an official spokesman said on Monday. Acting on a specific tip off, security forces raided different hideouts of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen in downtwon Srinagar following the arrest of deputy district commander of the outfit Tanveer Ahmad khan alias Umar from khanyar locality, the spokesman said. Based on the information provided by Khan, security forces netted four other militants identified as Shakil Ahmad Khanday, Jehangir Salim Khan, Bilal Ahmad Kaling and Qaiser Farooq Gilkar, he said. The spokesman claimed that this group was responsible for a series of grenade attacks on security forces and innocent civilians in the city. Khan was following the instructions of Hizb's district commander Ibrahim Dar alias Salim, who is wanted in connection with a number of pistol shootings and grenade attacks on security forces and civilians, he added. In another operation, security forces arrested the district commander of Al Jehad militant outfit Nazir Ahmad Bhat from his Nawakadal residence, the spokesman said. Bhat revealed presence of a huge arms dump in the house of Ghulam Ahmad which was dug up and seized, the spokesman said adding the house owner was also arrested. He said the recoveries included four AK rifles, two pistols, two grenade launchers, 20 rifle grenades, three hand grenades and other assorted ammunition.


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