5 HM militants arrested with 3 AKs, other arms10 May 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: In a major crackdown on militants and their sympathizers, police along with security forces today arrested five militants of Hizbul Mujahideen from Pattan area of North Kashmir's Baramulla district. Three AK assault rifles along with other arms were recovered from the possession of the arrested persons. Giving details at a press conference at Pattan, DIG North Kashmir Range, Muneer Khan said that the gang was operating in Kunzer village of Pattan area. He said that the HM activists had constituted a module in Pattan and adjoining areas. The module was set up on the directions of a HM commander Maqsood Ahmad Bhat alias Tariq, resident of Mamoosa, Pattan, presently serving detention in the jail. 'The aim of module was to revive militancy in the area and also to spread terror among people especially in areas like Pattan, Khore, Shirpora, Kunzer and Tangmarg. These people were entrusted with the responsibility of killing selective civilians hoping that this would lead to terror among the people living in these areas,' the DIG said. The arrested persons have been identified as Abdul Rashid Bhat alias Moulvi son of Ali Mohammad Bhat resident of Khore-Pattan, Manzoor Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Nabi Wani resident of Sherpora-Pattan, Zahoor Ahmad Ganai son of Abdul Aziz resident of Hanjiwera Bala-Pattan, Mehraj-ud-din Ganaie son of Asadulah Ganaie resident of Khore-Pattan and Mudasir Ahmad Sheikh son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh resident of Kunzer-Tangmarg. 'We have recovered three AK rifles, one pistol, three AK magazines, 300 rounds of AK rounds, one pistol magazine, two Chinese hand grenades, four rounds of pistol ammunition and one radio set of Kenwood. The operation was carried out by the police in collaboration with 2 RR and we have been able to bust the module,' Mr Khan said. He said that the group was involved in two grenade blasts with one carried out on Army at Pattan market on September 9, 2010 and the second at Magam market on July 11, 2009. 'The module attacked the Army convoy of 15 Grenadiers at Pattan on September 9, 2010 when it was coming from Old Airfield at Srinagar and heading towards Kupwara. In this attack three Army personnel were killed while as five others were injured. A case under FIR 211-2010 under Sections 302, 307-RPC, 7-27 Arms Act was registered against them at police station, Pattan. The group carried out another grenade attack at Magam market on July 11, 2009 in which six civilians along with one CRPF personnel were injured,' he added. The DIG said that the group was offering arms training to school going children in the adjoining orchards of Pattan area adding that they wanted to train these children in AK and pistol firing. 'We used to hear regular gun shots during night hours in Khore, Sherpora and Hanjiwera areas and following this we started investigations that ultimately led to the busting of the module. We along with 2 RR interrogated former over ground workers of the area and harbourers of HM commanders in the area,' said Muneer. He said that the group had intimidated people not to take part in the Panchayat elections and in fact had pasted threatening posters and also fired some shots in the air during night hours in order to scare the people. 'The group had made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of Abdul Karim Dar, chairman Municipal Committee, Kunzer last year. Karim had also survived a bid on his life when he was attacked by Maqsood Bhat. The group had plans to hit more targets but the timely intervention by the police thwarted their evil designs,' the DIG said.