Hizb Module Busted In J&K, 12 Arrested
9 June 2006
The Times of India
Jammu: Police have arrested 12 people, including a relative of a former minister, and busted a group tasked by the Hizbul Mujahideen to carry out grenade attacks in the Kashmir Valley, a police officer said on Friday. 'We have so far arrested 12 people, mostly students, businessmen and auto drivers, who do not have any militant track record in the Kashmir Valley, where they were involved in scores of grenade blasts on the direction of the Hizb,' Deputy Inspector General (south Kashmir) Himant Lohia said. Those arrested included two influential persons, the kin of a former PDP minister, five students and two businessmen, officials said. A youth named Shoib Lone was arrested when he was trying to carry out a grenade attack at Kulgam in south Kashmir on Thursday, Lohia said. Four of the arrested were believed to be Hizb cadres and were carrying out tasks on the directions of the group's 'divisional commander' Sohail Faisal, he said. The module was busted following the interrogation of Hizb militant Yasir of Anantnag district, officials said. Yasir is the nephew of a former minister and current MLA from south Kashmir, they said. Some of the arrested were also involved in attacks on former assembly speaker and senior National Conference leader Ali Mohammed Naik and SSP Ashiq Bukhari, the officials said. Hizb modules usually have some 30 to 40 people and members were given Rs 5,000 for carrying out a grenade attack, they said.