Nine Jaish Men Held For Srinagar Blasts
15 April 2006
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: With the arrest of nine militants, the Jammu and Kashmir police claimed to have busted the Jaish-eMohammad network, which was responsible for Friday's serial bomb blasts in Srinagar, which left five persons dead and over 50 wounded. Director General of Police Gopal Sharma said on Saturday that nine JeM militants were arrested during nightlong raids at various places in the city. He said that a large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered from the militants. 'Their interrogation is on and some more arrests are likely,' the police chief said. He said that following the grenade explosions police immediately sprang into action. 'Ultimately, we got vital clues about the militants and in the process siezed a mini- bus, in which explosives and ammunition were being carried to Bandipora's Ajas village,' Sharma said adding, 'one Jaish militant Imtiyaz Ahmad was also taken into custody'. The DGP said Imtiyaz's interrogation led to the arrest of other militants. 'All the nine militants belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit,' he said. Six of those arrested are residents of Srinagar, while the other three hail from Ajas village. He said that unearthing the module was a great achievement of the police. The DGP said that so far they have found no link between the blasts in Srinagar and Jama Masjid in Delhi. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up following the red alert in the city. Frisking and checking of pedestrians and vehicles has also been intensified. Police and security personnel have been alerted in other major towns also following arrest of a militant carrying grenades in southern Pulwama town.