Six associates of LeT arrested, war-like stores recovered in north Kashmir

Srinagar: Security forces have arrested six associate of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and recovered war like stores, including eight AK 47 rifles, nine pistols, 77 grenades and huge cache of ammunition, in north Kashmir, a police official on Monday said.

Following specific information about delivery of arms and ammunition in Sopore, police apprehended four persons near District Hospital Sopore.

“During questioning, the accused confessed of providing logistic support to militants,” the police official said, adding the accused were identified as Ahtisham Farooq Malik, a resident of Mumkak Mohalla Batpora Sopore, Shafqat Ali Tagoo of Jalalabad Sopore, Nisar Ahmad Ganai of Pujipora Krankshivan Sopore and Musaib Hassan Bhat of Mumkak Mohalla Batpora Sopore.

“Incriminating materials, including one pistol and 12 hand grenades were recovered from their possession,” he said.

He said during questioning, the arrested persons revealed that they were in contact with Pakistani based LeT handler, who deputed them to recruit local youth for militant activities in Sopore area. “They further revealed that they have received arms and ammunition from one person identified as Kabir Lone, a resident of Keran in Kupwara,” he said.

He said a joint operation by police and 6 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) was launched in Keran sector. “Lone was arrested and lead to the apprehension of another person identified as Sharafat Khan, also a resident of Keran Kupwara,” he said.
“On the disclosure of Sharafat Khan, security forces recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition, including eight AK-47, 25 AK Magazines, 750 AK rounds, nine pistols, 16 Pistol Magazines, 351 Pistol Round, 77 grenades and 21 Detonators,” he said.

A case under relevant sections of law has been registered and further investigation into the matter is in progress, he added.