Pulwama like strike averted: IGP

Srinagar, March 10: Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar, Tuesday said they have averted a Pulwama like strike by the militants in Kashmir by busting two militant modules. He said seven people have been arrested so far. Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, the IGP said the militants were planning to carry out vehicle-based IED blast at Pampore highway and Awantipora. “It is the biggest success for police and security agencies as the module was planning Pulwama like attack.  New faces were motivated to carry out the attack through social media,” he said.Kumar said from the past several days, Awantipora Police was working on two different militant modules and among them one belongs to Jaish e Mohammad and another to Lashkar-e-Taiba outfits.“In the first case, a BA Ist year student, Sahil Nazir was motivated through social media to hire a second-hand car and was provided financial help as well by the outfit.  While explosives for attack were supposed to come from north Kashmir,” he said.Following the inputs about the module, Kumar said Police followed him and arrested Sahil during a cordon and search operation. He later revealed his associate’s name, Kaiser Ahmad from Pampore, who was working as an Over Ground Worker (OGW) for the past 2 years and he was also arrested.“From Kaiser inputs, police traced Maruti car bearing number JK01E0690 from the house of another associate Mohammad Fayaz. The car was going to be used for an IED blast. After that another associate Yasir Ahmed Wani was also apprehended by police,” he said.IGP said one of accused Sahil Nazir also confessed the crime before Police which has also been visually recorded. Nazir also revealed that he was involved in the 25 January 2021 grenade attack towards the CRPF party in Pampore. Further investigation is underway in the case.“They also revealed that IED explosive was being transported from north Kashmir and we are going to arrest that OGW and recover the explosive material as well,” Kumar said.Police said another module of LeT was busted by Awantipora Police and arrested  LeT militant Umar Khanday who was involved in Baghat attack and has joined militancy last year.“They (militants) were planning to carry out a major blast at MC building Awantipora at the behest of Khanday. Now we have arrested one person Musaib Ahmad Gojri of Nalbal Pampore and he revealed that there is a container containing ammonia power 25 kg at his home used for making IEDs,” he said.The IGP said Gojri further revealed the names of two associates, Muneeb Mushtaq Sheikh and Shahid Ahmad Shah. Police have recovered material from his home. He further revealed that other parts required for making the bomb were to come from north Kashmir.“In both cases, 7 persons have been arrested and hailed by Awantipora police for preventive action and were motivated through social media platforms,” the IGP said.On 14 Feb 2019, at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed after a suicide bomber rammed an IED-laden vehicle into a security convoy at Lethapora area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.The attack is considered one of the deadliest in terms of casualties in three decades of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. That day, the convoy of 78 buses was carrying 2,500 CRPF personnel and was moving from Jammu towards Srinagar.

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