January 2016 News

Militant Module Busted, 5 Held In North Kashmir

23 January 2016
The Indian Express
Mir Ehsan

Srinagar: Police on Saturday claimed they had busted a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen module in north Kashmir's Sopore town and arrested five people allegedly tasked to carry out attacks on security installations and the national highway ahead of Republic Day. Police called the arrests a breakthrough and said members of the militant module had also carried out an attack on a CRPF camp on November 5 last year, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Srinagar. Thirteen CRPF personnel sustained injuries in the attack. Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir, Garib Dass said members of the module were planning to carry out attacks on security forces ahead of Republic Day. Dass said police recovered arms and ammunition from the arrested militants. Officials said two of the arrested militants, Danish Ahmad Sofi and Javeed Ahmad, had joined the Hakut-ul-Mujahideen last September. The two were 'handled' by Sajad Shaheen alias Sajad Afghani, who is based in Pakistan. Police said the militants were in touch with Afghani through WhatsApp. Police said that following a tip-off, a joint search operation by the police and the Rashtriya Rifles was launched at Sangrama Sopore. 'During the operation, the advance party observed suspicious movement in an orchard. Seeing the presence of security forces, some people ran away from the spot. But the advance party chased the suspects and arrested two alleged militants,' said Dass. Three others were arrested during subsequent investigations.