February 2002 News

BSF arrests Islamic Front militant in J&K

7 February 2002
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Farooq Ahmed Beig, one of the chief organisers and field commander of the Islamic Front, was arrested on Wednesday night by members of the BSF from a hideout in Srinagar. BSF officials said Beig planned to carry out landmine and grenade attacks in Kashmir. ''We conducted the raid on specific information,'' BSF deputy inspector general Rajinder Bhullar told reporters.''On preliminary questioning, he (Beig) revealed that his party had drawn up plans to escalate militant activities by setting off landmines and hurling grenades in Srinagar,'' Bhullar said.''The plan was drawn at the behest of his mentors in Pakistan,'' Bhullar added.Bhullar said Beig and his men had been involved in six grenade-throwing incidents over the past three months, resulting in injuries to 20 people, 13 of them civilians.The BSF recovered one pistol, four mines, nine grenades and other arms and ammunition from the arrested militant.


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