2 Hizbul terrorist associates held
STATE TIMES NEWSSrinagar: Two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, shot dead the driver of a Rajasthan truck and assaulted an orchard owner in Shopian district on Monday, police said. The deceased has been identified as Sharief Khan, they said, adding that the terrorists carried out the attack in Shirmal village in desperation as fruit transportation has picked up in the Valley. The incident came on a day post-paid cellular services resumed in Kashmir after a 72-day communication clampdown following abrogation of Article 370 provisions. Police said “there was resentment among the locals over the Monday incidents”. One of the terrorists involved in the attack is suspected to be a Pakistani, they said. Initial reports had said that the driver died after his truck was set afire by miscreants. Meanwhile, Police has arrested two Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) associates from Ganderbal. Police were looking for these two associates since last week of September after it received an input that they were hiding in Kashmir, the sources in Jammu and Kashmir Police said. On a credible input Ganderbal police along with security forces arrested two terrorist associates identified as Chandi Khatana and Wajid Ali Khatana, both residents of Jandiwada Rajouri. According to police records both the arrested terrorist associates were part of proscribed terror outfit HM and were acting as couriers for active terrorists. They were also responsible for supplying terrorists with logistics, transporting arms and ammunition and guiding active terrorists for carrying out terror attacks in the area thereby strengthening the terror networks and adding to the terrorist infrastructure in the area.
Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession. All these incriminating materials have been seized by police to probe their complicity in terror crimes.
A case FIR No. 59/2019 under relevant sections of law stands registered in Police Station Kangan. They remain in police custody and further investigation in the matter is in progress.
On September 28, three hardcore terrorists of HM were eliminated in Batote in Ramban District. Next day, an operation was initiated in Kangan and Ganderbal, which continued till October 3. During this operation, forces killed two members of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). On October 6, a JeM terrorist identified as Mohsin Manzoor Salhea was arrested. Next day another terrorist affiliated to Lashkar-e-Toiba, Ozaif, was eliminated.
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