Handwara: Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested three over ground workers (OGW) of Al-Badr militant outfit and recovered arms and ammunition from them at Wagam crossing on highway in Kralgund area of Handwara.

A senior police officer told the news agency Kashmir News Observer KNO that a joint party of PC Kralgund, 92 CRPF and 32 RR intercepted three individuals at Wangam crossing on the highway.

“On preliminary questioning, the individuals were identified as Nazim Ah Bhat, son of Gh Mohd Bhat, Siraj din Khan, son of Bashir Ah Khan and Adil Gull son of Gh Mohidin Wani— all residents of Khaipora, Kralgund,” he said.

“On their search, one pistol along with a magazine and eight rounds, besides two hand grenades were recovered from their possession,” the officer said, adding that in this regard, a case under FIR number 40/2022 under section 7/25 I A Act ,18, 38 ULAP Act of P/S Kralgund has been registered.

“Preliminary investigation suggests that the trio is affiliated with the banned militant organisation Al- Badr, and that they were assigned a task by Pakistan based handlers to carry out militant acts in the area. Further investigation has been set in motion,” the officer added.