Weapons and cash were recovered from possession of arrested terrorists (ANI)
SRINAGAR: Four terrorists and three of their associates have been arrested in Rafiabad area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Saturday.
“On receiving a specific information that al-Badr outfit is planning to carry out attacks on security forces in Sopore at several places, a joint CASO (cordon-and-search operation) by Police, (Army’s) 32 RR and 92 battalion of CRPF was launched at Rawoocha, Rafiabad,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
“During search operation 3 uncategorised terrorists were arrested alongwith incriminating material including arms and ammunitions,” he said.
During preliminary questioning, he said, they revealed their identities as Waris Tantray of Rawoocha Rafiabad, Amir Sultan Wani of Nowpora, Sopore and Tariq Ahmed of Chontipora, Handwara.
“During questioning, they revealed that they were working for the last two years for al-Badr on directions of their handlers alias Yousuf Balousi of Pakistan and Khursheed of Anantnag, now in Pakistan,” he said.
“They were given task to revive militancy in Rafiabad Sopore, recruitment of youth in al-Badr tanzeem (outfit), providing logistics support to terrorists, procurement and arranging weapons for new recruits etc.”
Further on their disclosure, the spokesperson said, another uncategorised militant Ashraf Nazir Bhat along with three associates namely Mohammad Ashraf Malik of Drungsoo, Mohammadd Afzal Thokar of Kalamabad Mawar, Handwara and Shabir Ahmed Shah of Sherhama Mawar, Handwara were arrested.
“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition, huge amount of cash, and other war like material were also recovered from their possession,” the spokesperson said, adding that further investigation is in progress.”