LeT Module Involved In Grenade Attacks Busted

17 July 2008

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police today claimed to have busted a module of militant outfit Lashker-e-Toiba in Kupwara district with the arrest of four militants involved in grenade attacks on a police party and an army convoy. The leader of the module Shahnaz Khan alias Umer, Mudasir Ahmad Lone alias Hamid Molvi, Musaib Ahmad Bhat alias Nasir Chotto and Farooq Ahmad Ganie were arrested from Supernaghama, Khaipora, Sopore and Watergam in north Kashmir's Kupwara and Baramulla districts, a police spokesman said. He said the module was busted following an investigation into the grenade attack on a police party at Kralgund on July 9, which led to the death of Head Constable Irfan Ahmad and injuries to Constable Muzaffar Ahmad. A special investigation team was formed soon after the grenade attack and some suspects were called for questioning, he said. During questioning, the investigation team got a lead that a module of trained militants of Lashker-e-Toiba was involved in grenade lobbing incidents over the past couple of weeks in Kupwara and Baramulla districts, the spokesman said. He said the group of militants was directly operated by LeT 'district commander' Qari Usman, who had held a meeting on the outskirts of Sopore with Khan, a resident of Supernaghama village of Kralgund, Lone of Khaipora and Bhat, a resident of Model Town Sopore. He had asked them to lob grenades on security forces, the spokesman said. Bhat had lobbed a grenade on army convoy near police station at Baramulla on June 13, in which at least nine persons were injured. He received an 'incentive' of Rs 1,000 from the militant commander for the act, the spokesman said.