Police on Thursday claimed to have identified the mastermind behind the recent grenade attack in Tral.
Superintendent of police Awantipora, Muhammad Zahid Malik said that "Noor Muhammad Tantray son of Abdul Khaliq Tantray of Darganie Gund village of Tral Township in district Pulwama was mastermind of Tral grenade attack."
"Tantray has recently joined Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit. Since many years he was serving as conspirator of Jaish besides being the mastermind of Tral grenade blast," SP said.
On the fateful day, unknown persons had hurled a grenade on the cavalcade of minister of state for Public Works, Nayeem Akhter at main bus stand Tral in which three civilians were killed and 25 others were injured.
As per police report, "since 2000 Noor Muhammad Tantray was associated with militancy. He received six months arms training from Pakistan and returned back to Kashmir."
"In 2003 he was apprehended by Delhi police after arms/ ammunition and Hawala money was recovered from his possession. A case FIR number 70/2003 U/S 120-B, 121-A, 122,123 IPC stands registered in police station Lodhi colony New Delhi," police said.
"Tantray was later awarded life imprisonment. In 2015 he was released on parole and from time to time Delhi High Court extended his parole," police added.
Sources said that on 14th July 2017, Tantray left his home and did not return. On that day a gunfight broke out in his adjoining village of Satura where three militants were killed.
Six days after the gunfight his family members reported the matter in police station Tral and a missing report was lodged. However on Saturday, police informed the family about his joining militancy ranks.
Locals said that on Saturday, police arrested his five family members. Some of his relatives were released. But his brother Nisar Ahmed Tantray from Darganie Gund and his brother-in-law Manzoor Ahmed from Nazneenpora is till under arrest on the sixth consecutive day.
Meanwhile, a senior police official denied the detention of his family members and stated that they were asked to report in police station for some questioning.