Published On: Wed, Mar 10th, 2021

Seven arrested as two terror modules busted in J&K, IED blasts averted

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police have busted two terror modules and prevented IED blasts after arresting seven persons who were mostly radicalised and drawn to terrorism through social media, police said on Wednesday.

This is a big success and a preventive measure to stop an IED attack

Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, said at a press conference here that in the last few days the Awantipore police have busted two terror modules of terrorists planning to carry out IED blasts.

One of the modules was a Jaish-e-Mohammed group which was planning a car bomb blast in the Pampore area or somewhere along the National Highway.

“One Sahil Nazir, a BA first year student, was being motivated for many days through Telegram and other social media apps by terrorists to manage a second hand car,” he said.

“He was paid money and the explosives being brought from North Kashmir were to be fitted on the car for carrying out the vehicle based IED attack.”

Kumar said Nazir was arrested by the Awatipore police with the help of technical intelligence. “On his questioning, two of his assistants Qaisar Ahmad from Pampore an Over Ground Worker (OGW) for two years and Mohammad Fayaz were arrested.”

“The car was recovered from the residence of Fayaz which was meant to be used for carrying out the IED blast. It is a Maruti car number (JK01 E 0690). A fourth terrorist associate Yasir Wani was also arrested.”

He said Sahil Nazir has given a confessional statement before the police that he carried out a grenade attack on the CRPF on January 25, 2021 in Pampore.

Kumar said all the four have been arrested formally and investigations have started. Efforts are on to nab the OGW from North Kashmir who was to bring the IED, he said.

“This is a big success and a preventive measure to stop an IED attack,” he said.

In a second incident, the IGP said the police busted a terrorist module that was planning to carry out an attack on the Municipal Corporation building in Awantipore on the orders of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Omar Khanday from Pampore, who was involved in a terror attack on two policemen at Bhagat Chowk in Srinagar recently.

“They were planning to carry out a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on the municipal Commissioner office at Pampore or plant an IED there,” he said.

Kumar said the police arrested one Musiab Gojri. Gojri during the questioning told police that a container with 25 kg explosives was at his residence. He gave the names of two of his associates, Muneeb Mushtaq Sheikh and Shahid Ahmad Shah, who have also been arrested.

“They told the police that the parts required for making the IED were to come from North Kashmir,” IG said.

To a question on stone pelting at Nowhata in Srinagar last Friday, he said stone pelting won’t be tolerated.

“Srinagar police have lodged an FIR, 15 boys have been identified from videos and they are being booked under the PSA (Public Security Act). 39 persons have been arrested so far.” he said.

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