LeT-Linked Militant Associates Arrested in Baramulla: Significant Joint Operation
LeT-Linked Militant Associates Arrested in Baramulla: Significant Joint Operation

Srinagar: In a significant development, three militant associates linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit were arrested in North Kashmir's Baramulla district, as reported by the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday. The arrests took place during a joint operation involving the police, 13 SIKHLI, 185 BN BSF, and Baramulla Police at Kalgai near Jhula Foot Bridge on Saturday. The detained suspects, identified as Zameer Ahmad Khanday and Mohammad Naseem Khanday, residents of Madiyan Kamalkote, were intercepted during joint checking and patrolling. Subsequent searches revealed three Chinese grenades and Rs 2.5 lakhs in cash in their possession.

An FIR under relevant sections of the law was registered at Uri Police Station based on the recovery. During the interrogation, the accused disclosed that the grenades and cash were provided to them by Manzoor Ahmad Bhatti, a resident of Madiyan Kamalkote, for the purpose of executing a terrorist act. Manzoor Ahmad Bhatti was subsequently taken in for questioning, during which he confessed to supplying the illegal items and disclosed the location of one hand grenade and cash near his house.

As a result, the police recovered 1 Chinese hand grenade and Rs 2.17 lakhs in cash from the disclosed location. Manzoor Ahmad Bhatti was arrested in connection with the case. The police stated that further investigations are ongoing. "During sustained questioning both the accused disclosed that these illegally acquired grenades and cash had been provided to them by one Manzoor Ahmad Bhatti... so that they could execute any terrorist act," a police spokesperson revealed.

In another development, a massive search operation has been launched in the forest area near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, reported a news agency. The operation, jointly being conducted by the Army, police, and CRPF, is being conducted in several forest areas of the Mehdhar and Krishna Ghati sector after information was received about some suspicious movement, the officials added.

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