3 LeT Terrorists Held In Srinagar

3 LeT Terrorists Held In Srinagar

25 December 2013
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were arrested on Wednesday after police launched a massive hunt following intelligence inputs about the presence of the several terrorists in the city and Budgam district in central Kashmir. Police had received information last week from central and state intelligence agencies that several LeT terrorists were preparing to launch an attack in Srinagar city. Following the intelligence inputs, surveillance was intensified. 'One of the three terrorists was picked up from Hazrtbal area and the other two were nabbed in Kadekadal area of old city,' said a police officer. 'A special unit of police on Tuesday arrested Lateef Ahmad, a LeT militant, from Hazratbal area. Lateef led police to Kadekadal where two other terrorists were picked up during routine frisking on the road,' a source said. Initial reports said four unidentified people (who later turned to be cops in plainclothes) shot a youth in his foot and bundled him along with his companion in a private cab in Kadekadal. Police sources said Lateef Ahmad hailed from Chadoora area of Budgam district in central Kashmir where a station house officer (SHO) was killed in a militant attack on December 2. The terrorists had attacked a group of policemen at Chadoora chowk. The SHO Syed Shabir Ahmad was killed on the spot , while two policemen were injured in the attack. Sources said interrogation of the three arrested terrorists led police to Yechkoot village of Budgam, resulting in an encounter. However, the terrorists managed to escape under the cover of darkness. There were 22 major terror attacks across Jammu and Kashmir during 2013 while major one was when terrorists killed 13 people in twin suicide attacks on September 26 in Kathua district of Jammu.