IS-inspired module busted, 3 arrested in Srinagar
Acting on a tip-off, three motorcycle-borne men, who were moving through the Kothi Bagh area, were intercepted at a checkpoint Saturday, a police spokesperson said.
The accused -- Tahir Ahmad Khan from Tral, Haris Mushtaq Khan and Asif Suhail Nadaf -- were arrested after arms and ammunition were seized from their possession, the spokesperson said, adding that a case was registered in this regard.
As they received details about the suspects' movements, a police team was set up in Srinagar near the Tourism Reception Centre. The militants were apprehended after they tried to lob a grenade at the police party, the senior officer said.
During interrogation, they disclosed about an underground hideout located at an apple orchard in Awantipora, which was frequently visited by the Islamic State-inspired module members.
The hideout had logistical items like gas cylinders, clothing materials and cooking items, the police said.
The accused also revealed the names of the persons who helped them with logistical and financial support, the DCP said, adding that several overground workers of proscribed outfits were being questioned.
They also disclosed that one Ahtesham Bilal Sofi, a resident of Srinagar who was doing his graduation from a university in Greater Noida, had also joined the ISJK, Kushwah said.
Sofi has been missing since October 28 from his college. Later, his pictures purportedly showing him in a black outfit appeared on the social media, indicating that he had joined the ISJK, he said.
Two pistols, 14 live cartridges, three grenades, four mobile phones containing details about the IS, black flags, a motorcycle and a wifi hotspot were also seized from their possession, the officer said.
In September, two suspected ISJK militants -- Parvaiz Rashid Lone and Jamsheed Zahoor Paul -- both residents of Shopian, were arrested by the Delhi police. PTI SSB AMP SLB
(With inputs from agencies.)