2 JeM militants, OGW involved in Chanapora attack arrested

Police said on Sunday two militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad and their over ground worker were arrested barely two days after they injured a policeman during an attack on a police post in Chanapora here.   

One of the arrested militants involved in the attack had done recce of the police post thrice planning to snatch weapons from the personnel deployed there, police said.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) for Sriangar, Haseeb Mughal said that on the evening of April 26 a sentry was attacked and militants tried to snatch his weapon.

“However, militants could not snatch the weapon. The sentry was hit by a bullet and he is undergoing treatment at SKIMS, Soura. His condition continues to be critical,” Mughal said.

He added that the police intelligence grid swung into action immediately and started collecting digital evidence to nab the attackers.

“Some suspects, who were already on the radar of Police, were zeroed in and they were picked during nocturnal raids from different locations in Wathoora area of Budgam,” the SSP said, adding that during questioning one of them accepted his role and revealed details about his group.

Explaining the modus operandi of the attack, Mughal said that three persons came on a motorcycle and stopped it a little away from the Police Post Chanapora.

“One of the accused, Junaid went inside police post thrice on the pretext to know the verification status of his passport. He crossed the sentry at least thrice and goes upstairs after getting frisked.

“Inside police post, he observed the sentry was isolated and assumed no backup of forces and thought the sentry could be targeted,” the SSP said.

“He came out of police post and told this to his colleagues. He again came inside and this time his colleague Mushtaq, wearing pheran and helmet, followed Junaid.”

When the sentry asked Mushtaq to lift his pheran for frisking, he fired his weapon instead. The alert sentry pushed him while the militant fired two bullets, one of which hit him. The sentry fired in air but collapsed while policemen inside the police post also fired in air,” Mughal said.

“The gun of the sentry was tied with his belt, so they couldn’t snatch the weapon. The militants managed to escape.”

The SSP said three people have been arrested in connection with attack on the police post. They include Mushtaq, the main accused who fired at sentry, Junaid who conducted recce and Lateef, an OGW who brought the militants to the police post on a motor cycle.

Mughal said that the background of the case is linked with the Pulwama district where one militant Sameer Ahmad is active. Sameer and Mushtaq had been colleagues in Kashmir University.

“Sameer and Mushtaq have done masters (degree) in two separate subjects,” he said.

“On Sameer’s instructions, they tried to loot weapons to be given to the militant outfit.”

The SSP said that the accused were nabbed within 30-hours after the attack.

“Budgam police and 53 RR also assisted. One Chinese pistol, two magazines, six live rounds and a belt have been recovered from the arrested militants while as a pulsar bike has been also recovered,” Mughal said.

The Srinagar police chief said that about ten militants were active in the area.

“Srinagar being a central place is accessible from Pulwama and Baramulla. We have had no militancy incident in Srinagar during the whole elections process. The presence (of militants) could be there but it is very thin. Security grid is there, we will be able to trace them,” he said.

The SSP said investigation into the attack so far had not found a link with Al Umar group.