The five arrested are from Srinagar. Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi
THE JAMMU and Kashmir (J&K) Police said on Thursday that it had averted a “major attack” ahead of Republic Day by busting a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) module and arresting five of its operatives.
Saying that the JeM module was behind two recent grenade attacks in Srinagar, police said the accused were planning a major incident “like a terror attack, IED explosion.”
Those arrested have been identified as Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh, Umar Hameed Sheikh, Sahil Farooq Gojri, Naseer Ahmed Mir and Imtiyaz Ahmed Chikla, all residents of Srinagar. Announcing the arrests at a press conference, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Central Kashmir, V K Birdi, said: “During the course of investigation, it was revealed that they were involved in a recent terror attack at Habak.
Moreover, it was also learnt that they were involved in planning and executing a terror attack last year near Sir Syed Gate, University of Kashmir, Hazratbal, on November 26, regarding which a case, FIR No. 109/2019, is under investigation.”
He said investigations revealed that the men who had been arrested were “active JeM cadres”.
Police said they had recovered “incriminating material, including arms and other explosive substances like gelatine sticks, explosives, detonators, nitric acid etc”, from the accused.
“Investigations so far revealed that their motive was to enforce shutdown and paralyse normal life in Srinagar city, and further plan to execute sensational incidents and cause IED explosion,” police said. “Further investigation is underway to unearth further module and conspiracy.”
Tweeting about the arrests, the J&K Police said: “In a major success, the Srinagar Police busts Jaish module. Two grenade blasts in Hazratbal area worked out. Major attack averted ahead of Republic Day. Five terror operatives arrested. Huge explosive material recovered”.
On January 8, three civilians had sustained minor injuries when a grenade was lobbed in Habak area, near Hazratbal. On November 26, a grenade was hurled outside Kashmir University, in Hazratbal area.