3 held for publicising Jaish threat posters
STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu/SRINAGAR: Police conducted raids at several places in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district and apprehended two Over Ground Workers (OWGs) of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) on the basis of leads provided by three arrested terrorists of the outfit in Kathua earlier, officials said on Saturday. The arrested OGWs include the owner of the intercepted truck, which was ferrying terrorists and AK-type rifles to Kashmir from Punjab, in Kathua district on last Thursday, they said. “We have arrested two supporters of JeM terrorists from Pulwama. They include truck owner Suhil Ahmed Latoo of Gulshanabad, Pulwama, and Bashir Ahmed Lone of Rajpura, Pulwama,” a senior police officer said. The duo has been taken on remand. They are being interrogated to know about the JeM module and its activities, he said. The officer said more arrests are likely to take place in the case. Last Thursday, the truck loaded with cardboard material was intercepted during checking on the Jammu-Pathankot highway. Three terrorists, who were travelling on the truck, were arrested and arms and ammunition, including four AK-56 rifles, two AK-47 rifles, six magazines and 180 rounds of ammunition, besides Rs 11,000 in cash, was seized, officials had said. The police had intercepted the truck (registration number JK13E-2000) acting on specific inputs at Lakhanpur in Kathua, when it was on its way from Punjab to the Kashmir Valley.
All the terrorists belonged to the Valley, they had said, adding that the truck was owned by Latoo, and was being driven by Javaid Ahmed Dar.
The three terrorists were identified as — Ubaid-ul-Islam and Sabeel Ahmad Baba, residents of Aghlar Kandi in Pulwama’s Rajpora, and Jehangir Ahmad Parray, a resident of Pakherpora Charar-e-Sharief in Budgam.
They were illegally transporting arms and ammunition from Punjab to Kashmir to “disrupt peace in the Valley”, the officials had said.
“Bashir was to receive the consignment of weapons,” the officer said. So far, six people have been arrested in the case, he said.
Meanwhile, three people were arrested for allegedly publicising threat posters of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to intimidate locals in Pulwama district, police said on Saturday.
They were arrested from Ladhoo village of Awantipora along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.
“Police in Ladhoo arrested three people involved in intimidation and threatening of locals. They were involved in publicising JeM threat posers,” Police Kashmir zone tweeted on its official Twitter account.
Police have registered a case and seized incriminating material, it said, adding that further investigation is underway.
Various incidents of intimidation of civilians by terrorists and their supporters have come to light in Kashmir, where normal life continued to remain disrupted for the 48th consecutive day on Saturday following the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.
Director General of Police Dilbag Singh recently said police is conscious of the threat to the civilians from the terrorists and effective measures have been taken to instill confidence among them.
“We are with the people and they are with us. We belong to each other, and are very conscious of the threat and we will not allow any harm to come to them. Those who are threatening them will be taken care of and the terrorists will be neutralised,” he had said.
Singh said a couple of terrorists were neutralised and more than two dozen others, including their sympathisers, arrested for threatening the locals in the Valley over the past one month.
In south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police conducted raids at several places and apprehended two overground workers of the JeM on the basis of leads provided by three arrested terrorists of the outfit in Kathua earlier, officials said on Saturday.
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