The Jammu and Kashmir police (J&K) said on January 16 that it had averted a major militant attack before the Day of the Republic in Kashmir by arresting five militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) in Srinagar, and weapons and retrieve ammunition.
“A body vest equipped with grenade fragments and rod bearings, in addition to a huge amount of explosive material, was recovered from the arrested persons,” said Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police V. K. Birdi.
Police said the Jaish module, which was active in Srinagar, was behind grenade explosions in Srinagar after 5 August.
The arrested were identified as Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh, Umar Hameed Sheikh, Imtiyaz Ahmed Chikla aka Imran, Sahil Farooq Gojri and Naseer Ahmed Mir, all residents of Srinagar.
The seized explosives include 143 gelatin bars, secondary explosives, a silencer, 42 igniters, an improvised explosive, walkie-talkie, and small arms.
LeT kept militant
In a separate operation, the police in Awantipora in South Kashmir arrested a militant from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Police said that Ishfaq Ahmad Dar aka Maheed from Dangerpora-Padgampora was involved in many cases of threatening and intimidating civilians. He was also involved in providing logistical support and assistance to LeT terrorists who were active in Awantipora.
Released political leaders
Meanwhile, the J&K administration released five more politicians from the sub-prison of MLA Hostel in Srinagar on January 16.
Released include National Conference (NC) leader Salman Sagar, former NC MLA Altaf Kaloo, former NC MLC Showkat Ganai, NC leader Mukhtar Band and People Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nizam u Din Bhat.
Five political leaders were released earlier on December 30.
More than 20 political prisoners remain detained in the MLA Hostel prison, including senior NC leader Ali Muhammad Sagar, PDPs Naeem Akhtar, Peoples Conference’s Sajad Lone and J&K Peoples Movement’s chief Shah Faesal.
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