Man arrested with live grenades: IGP Jammu

IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh (center) with other senior officials during a press conference in Jammu. Photo: Mir Imran / GK

Police Monday claimed to have arrested a man—who police claimed was tasked to throw a grenade at Bathindi Police post along with two live hand-grenades.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Mukesh Singh told Greater Kashmir that the police team following inputs had laid a naka on the bye-pass road area when they noticed a man trying to evade police checking, while roaming under suspicious circumstances.

As soon as the man tried to flee from the place, the IG Jammu said: “Police team became suspicious about his activities and apprehended him. They recovered 2 hand-grenades which were concealed in a bag being carried by the suspected man. He was arrested immediately for further investigation.”

The arrested man has been identified as Mohammad Ashraf, son of Ghulam Din, resident of Lar, Mahore, Reasi at present Peer Bagh Colony, Sunjawan, Jammu District.

A case FIR number 95 of 2020 under sector 2/5 Explosive Substance Act, 18, 38, 39 UAPA is registered in Police Station Bagh-e-Bahu.

“The arrested person was linked with the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and he was tasked by the handlers from across the border to carry out grenade blasts at Bathindi police post,” he added.

The IG further said: “The handler across was in contact with more militant operatives whose search is in progress. With the timely action by Jammu police, possible militant attacks in Jammu city have been averted.”

The IG said that the ‘suspected man’ was also arrested for his alleged links with the militant groups.

Pertinently, this was the second militant module linked with LeT which has been busted by the Jammu police in the past one week.

“A similar module linked with The Resistance Front (TRF) – LeT- was busted few days back in Jammu in which two persons namely Raees Ahmad Dar, son of Ghulam Hassan Dar, resident of Churath, Devsar, Qazigund and Sabzar Ahmad Sheikh, son of Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh, resident of Ashmuji, Kulgam district were arrested with one AK series rifle, one pistol, two magazines of AK rifle, 60 rounds of AK rifle and 15 rounds of pistol,” the IG added.