Jammu and Kashmir Police Tuesday said it arrested three Hizbul Mujahideen militants, who were involved in grenade attack at Jammu bus stand and another attack on a Special Police Officer (SPO) at Chanapora here, last year.
The police said the trio was close associate of Hizbcommander Junaid Sehrai, and was "tasked to lure youth into militancy throughsocial media campaigns and other methods".
Addressing media persons here, Senior Superintendent ofPolice (SSP) Srinagar, Haseeb Mughal said three young boys, between the agegroup of 20 to 23, were arrested from two separate localities in Srinagar, onthe basis of "human and technical intelligence".
"The Hizb commander Junaid Sehrai was their mentor and theywere working on his directions. During the course of investigations, it waslearnt that the trio was put on a trial before being formally inducted into theHizb outfit. They were first tasked to throw a grenade at Jammu bus stand lastyear," the Srinagar police chief said.
One person was killed and 32 others injured in the blast.
The SSP said the arrested militants were also involved inthe attack on the SPO, Roman Raes, at Chanapora. "They had direction not tokill the SPO but to injure him," he said.
The SSP said during their interrogations, the trio alsoadmitted to having lobbed a grenade at CRPF at Barzulla here.
"But as per police records there was no such incident, whichmeans the grenade had not exploded," he said.
He said even though Ansaar Gazwatul Hind (AGH) flag was alsorecovered from the trio, "they were working under Junaid Sehrai and wereaffiliated with Hizb…."
The SSP said the modus operandi of the three arrested youthwas to conduct recee, fix the target and then to carry out the attacks. "Eachone would do his assigned job," he said.
Identifying one of the arrested youth as Asif of Soura, theSSP said he was missing from home and his family had lodged a missing complaintwith Police Station Soura.
Meanwhile, a police spokesman, in a statement issued here,identified the trio as Asif Iqbal Dar and Shahid Hassan Dar of Soura andRasheed Lateef Mir of Barzulal.
"They were affiliated with Hzib and were wanted by law fortheir complicity in a series of crimes. Incriminating material that includeammunition and live rounds was recovered from their possession," the spokesmansaid.