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JAMMU: With the arrest of seven persons, including a Special Police Officer (SPO) and a former Territorial Army personnel, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday busted a module of terror outfit Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT), which had been trying to revive militancy in Doda- Kishtwar-Ramban region.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) of Jammu Zone S D S Jamwal told reporters that these arrests were made by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed after the attack on a police post in Doda on May 8, in which one Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed and another injured.
Giving details, the IGP said that based on intelligence inputs the SIT had picked up some suspects and subsequently apprehended Abdul Rashid Harga alias Abdullah, a resident of Tanta.
Rashid had been an active member of LeT between 2001 and 2008 and had later surrendered. He was again arrested in 2013 and was released on bail in 2016.
“After sustained interrogation, Rashid confessed to his involvement in the (Doda) firing incident and disclosed the names of his two associates — his younger brother Showket Ali and Akthar Magary of Tanta,” the IGP said.
Following their interrogation, four more persons — Bashir Ahmed, who was earlier part of Territorial Army, his nephew and SPO Altaf Ahmed, Shafqat Hussain and Hafiz — were arrested.
An AK-47 rifle and three magazines and ammunition have been recovered from them, the IGP said.
He said that Rashid had been in contact with Bashir Ahmed of Bangraw-Gandoh, who was earlier working in the 139-Territorial Army Battalion in Thathri.
Bashir had asked his nephew, Altaf Ahmed, who was working as an SPO in the Police Department in Doda district, to arrange a weapon.
The SPO had then stolen one AK-47 rifle and ammunition from the District Police Line in January. A case in connection with the weapon theft was registered at Doda Police Station.
Abdul Rashid Harga was in direct communication with his Pakistani handler Mohd Amin alias Khubeb alias Haroon alias Pinna LeT, son of Daood Bhat, originally resident of Kathava Phaksu, Thathri, the self-styled Commander-in-Chief for Chenab Valley.
On the direction of Khubaib and self-styled Commanders of the Valley based terror organisation, who were asking Harga to activate militancy in erstwhile Doda district, Abdul Rashid Harga alias Abdullah activated his newly recruited grid to keep vigil on the movement of security forces/police pickets in remote hilly areas of Gandoh belt and planned to attack the security forces.
On May 7, Abdullah got the reccee of the police Picket Tanta and got the information of presence of only two three men at Tanta Post falling under the jurisdiction of Police Station Gandoh and directed his associates to reach forest area near the post. In midnight, they attacked the Police Post Tanta in which two SPOs got injured one of them namely SPO Mohd Younis later succumbed to the injuries at GMC Jammu on May 10.
After attacking the post, the accused tried to set ablaze the Police Post, however due to quick reaction of the injured SPOs they fled from the spot taking the advantage of the darkness.
IGP Jamwal said that Rashid, Akhtar and Shokat, on the direction of Khubeb, had been enticing youths of Tanta area to join the militancy.
The police officer said that Rashid had been regularly conducting meetings in various areas of the Doda region and motivating former militants and those who had surrendered.
On further interrogation of the accused weapon of offence AK-47 alongwith 03 magazines and ammunition has been recovered. The recovered weapon was required in case FIR 37/2017.
With the arrest of these accused, recovery of weapon and busting of LeT module, the attack on the police picket FIR No. 35/2017 registered under section 302/307/120-B RPC 7/27 Arms Act of P/S Gandoh has worked out by the SIT headed by Addl SP Bhaderwah, Shahzad Salaria under the supervision of SSP Doda Mohd Shabir and DIG of Police, DKR Range Nissar Ahmed under over all supervision of Inspector General of Police, Jammu Zone, Jammu SDS Jamwal.
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