4 Ultras Held, 3 Hurt In Blasts
22 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Four militants, who were planning to carry out attacks in the city and its periphery were arrested by security forces in Kashmir valley where three persons were injured in explosions. A police spokesman said two Hizbul Mujahideen militants were arrested on a tip off from Natipora while one Al-Badr militant was arrested from Naaz Crossing in Civil Lines area of the city. The spokesman identified the Hizbul Mujahideen militants as Manzoor Ahmad Wani alias Tariq of Lalpora- Tangmarg and Manzoor Ahmad Lone alias Kashif alias Doctor of Zangam- Pattan. Two hand grenades and a pistol with loaded magazine were recovered from the possession of the arrested militants. Two hand grenades were also found in the possession of Al-Badr militant Mohammad Ameen Bhat alias Abu Sawariya of Hard-Handoo village of Shopian. Superintendent of Police (SP), Handwara, Dr Haseeb Mughal said acting on specific information regarding the movement of militants, police established a special security check near a petrol pump at Chogal in Kupwara district. During vehicle checking, he said a person riding a motor cycle without any registration number was asked to stop. However, he tried to escape from the check point on which the police party apprehended him and seized the motorcycle. Identifying the apprehended person as Abdul Majeed Dar alias Bhambar Khan, a resident of Nagri Palpora in Kupwara District, Dr Mughal said he was a released Pakistan trained militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. One Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, seven rounds of pistol ammunition were seized from him, two Chinese grenades were recovered from the motorcycle, he added. During questioning, Dar revealed that LeT commander Saifullah of Pakistan, presently operating in Rajwar area, had provided the arms and ammunition to him. Dar also disclosed that he was actively helping the cadres in transportation of arms and ammunition and collection of information regarding the movements of security forces and the police in the area, the SP added. He said Dar also disclosed about other arms and ammunition kept in Kupwara where recoveries were made from the house of Ghulam Hassan Malik at Nagri Malpora on his instance. Three UBGL grenades, 30 rounds of AK ammunition, 27 rounds of Kala Kope and four seals - that of the Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Headmaster Boys High School Kupwara and two seals of Proprietor Wani Brothers, General Bus Stand Kupwara - were seized from there, Dr Mughal added. The SP said Dar revealed that these seals were being used for documentation and making illegal identity cards for LeT cadres. He said further questioning of Dar was going on to ascertain his links with other local and foreign militants. Dr Mughal said a case under 7-25 Arms Act had been registered in Handwara Police Station in this regard. Meanwhile, three people were injured when explosives went off at two different places. An official spokesman said that two people- Aziz Malik and Abdullah Malik (both residents of Shunglipora Khag in Budgam district of Central Kashmir) - were collecting splinters at Toosa Maidan in Khag during which one bomb exploded. Due to the explosion, both the people sustained injuries and were hospitalised. Police have registered a case in this regard. In another incident, a ten-year-old boy, Mohammad Rafiq Koli, a resident of Arin in Bandipora district of North Kashmir, was injured in Semthan forests when an explosive went off. The injured was rushed to the Bone and Joint Hospital here for treatment.