Police Monday claimed to have busted a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant module involved in throwing grenades at forces and planting improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by arresting four militants.According to KNO, police in a statement said that Awantipora police arrested four persons involved in various militant activities in Tral and Awantipora area. "One Murtaza of Amlar Tral was arrested on specific input and one Chinese pistol with two magazines and eight pistol rounds were recovered from his possession. Murtaza along with another person Aqib has came in contact with JeM militants operating in Tral/Awantipora area headed by one Khalid Bhai(Foreign militant)," the statement said.It said the duo has been involved in arranging transport and logistics for the said group of JeM militants, who are involved in firing upon civilian Naseer Ahmad of Nowpora Tral and injuring him critically. “The duo on the direction of the JeM Commander Khalid Bhai & Umar Bhai(both foreign militants) arranged explosive and other allied material for preparing and planting IED & planted IED on Tral- Lariyal road in March,2019 with intention to trigger the IED on security forces vehicle,” police said.The prepared IED was kept at Govt School Amlar Nowpora near Aqib’s house for two days before planting it.
However, due to the lightening and heavy rains during the intervening night of 2nd of March, 2019, the IED went off of its own due to short circuit of trigger mechanism, the statement reads.Murtaza along with his associate lobbed grenade on the residence of DySP (OPs) Awantipora on 3rd of March, 2019, the grenade was provided to them by some group of JeM militants headed by Khalid Bhai & Umar Bhai (foreign militants). Both Murtaza and Aqib have been involved in motivating youth to join militant organizations, police added.They succeeded in motivating two youth, one from Zuvistan Tral and another from Nigeenpora Tral to join JeM terror organization in the April, 2019, statement reads. “Irfan-ul-Haq of Gadli Khal Awantipora has also been in contact with same JeM group and obtained grenades from the same group. He lobbed grenade on CRPF Camp Awantipora and has been operating various WhatsApp groups and transferring/sharing incriminating material on the said WhatsApp groups with some outside country numbers also,” he said. (KNO)