May 2007 News

LeT Module Behind Attacks On Hurriyat Chairman Busted

1 May 2007

Srinagar: With the arrest of 13 militants, including a woman, Jammu and Kashmir police today busted a Lashkar-e-Toiba module that carried out several grenade attacks, including on the residence and office of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference. 'The J&K police has busted another module of militants, who were working under the direct command of a Pakistani militant and LeT commander Abu Tahir,' Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, S M Sahai told reporters here. Investigations have revealed that the group, which was operating under the code name of Siddiq, was involved in at least 10 incidents including attacks on residence and office of the Mirwaiz, he said. Sahai said investigations have revealed how Lashkar was trying to intimidate the moderate faction of the Hurriyat. 'The militant outfit had also been tasked to target the moderate separatist faction in the Hurriyat conglomerate. The grenade attack at the residence of the Mirwaiz on January 15 this year is an example,' he said. Pointing to the trend of 'outsourcing' of activities by Militants, where civilians and and criminals are given money to carry out attacks, Sahai said it has come to light that the module was not only working for LeT, but taking orders from Hizbul Mujahideen as well. Besides the attack on Hurriyat, the module was responsible for killing of policemen, police informers and political activists and also lobbing grenades in public areas of the city, he said. 'This module was also executing different acts of terrorism for Hizbul on the direction of its district commander Zahoor for pecuniary benefits,' he said. Sahai said an alarming example of 'criminalisation of terrorism' was also revealed during the investigations as an arrested woman, Rafiqa, had conspired with this module to have her husband Manzoor Ahmad Ganaie killed. 'There is a strong suspicion that this woman had got her first husband eliminated in the same manner,' he said. In response to a question, he said it was not for the first time that 'outsourcing' of militant activities has come to the fore and it was being witnessed across the valley. 'Since Srinagar is the capital, the manifestation of these activities is more acute here,' he added. The IGP said the module had been tasked to carry out grenade attacks on large scale and other militant activities during the upcoming darbar move to Srinagar. The government offices function at Jammu during six months of winter and here for the remaining part of the year. On the much debated issue of troop reduction in the state, Sahai said 'the issue is being dealt with at a much higher level (than mine), but the state police is capable of taking up any task given to it.' The arrested militants have been identified as Tariq Ahmad alias mamu, Abdul Rashid Janda alias Arshad, Tariq Ahmad Wani, Mohsin Mir alias Akber, Liyaqat Ahmad, Jameel Ahmad, Mehrajuddin Kumar, Nazir Ahmad Ganaie, Showkat Ahmad Ganaie, Shabir Ahmad Tramboo, Feroze Ahmad Malik and Abdul Majid Rather. Three AK rifles, 12 magazines, 100 AK rounds, 20 hand grenades and two pistol magazines were recovered from the possession of the arrested militants.


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