Srinagar: Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a militant module by arresting eight militant associates of militant outfit JeM in South Kashmir’s Awantipora.

In a statement issued to GNS, the police said that based on specific input, several suspects were arrested and further leads were developed that lead Police and security forces to bust a militant module of outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad operating in Awantipora.

The police spokesman identified militant associates as Mushtaq Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar, Ishfaq Ahmad Dar son of Ab Rasheed Dar, Manzoor Ahmad Dar son of Bashir Ahmad Dar all residents of Wagad, Fayaz Ahmad Rather son of Mohd Rajab Rather resident of Pastuna, Shabir Ahmad Rather son of Sanaullah Rather resident of Syedabad Pastuna, Mohd Latief Rather son of Asadullah Rather resident of Syedabad Pastuna, Sheeraz Ahmad Mir son of Gh Mohd Mir resident of Aripal and Waseem Ahmad Bhat son of Ab Gani Bhat resident of Pastuna.

Incriminating materials including ammunition were also recovered from their possession. Besides, vehicle used in the commission of the crime has also been seized, he said.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested militant associates were involved in providing shelter, logistics and transportation of arms/ammunition to 02 active militants of outfit JeM namely Asif Sheikh resident of Monghama and Ajaz Bhat resident of Syedabad Pastuna Tra, he said.

In this connection, a case vide FIR No. 75/2022 under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Tral and further investigation is in progress, reads the statement.(GNS)

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