Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday claimed that the militants involved in the murder of three civilians in the north-western town of Baramulla last month have been arrested. It claimed that accused were part of a module which had been assigned by their Pakistani handlers to kill people known to be ‘friendly’ to the security forces or government.
It said that the accused are associated with outlawed Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) who were arrested during search operations in woods on the outskirts of Baramulla town.
LeT’s clear instructions to create atmosphere of terror in Kashmir
During the interrogation of the four accused and their six overground associates it has been revealed that the LeT handlers in Pakistan had given them “clear instructions” to create “atmosphere of terror” in north and north-western Kashmir “by eliminating as many civilians as possible who are perceived to be friendly with government or security forces”, a statement issued by the police here said. It added, “This also explains the killings that have taken place in other parts of north Kashmir including Hajin and Sopore were done by LeT terrorists”.
The statement said that the group along with other militants in Sopore-Handwara belt are commanded by one Pakistani terrorist operating by code name Abu Maaz. “Other known terrorist of this group Suhaib Akhoon had visited Pakistan in July last year on a valid Indian passport and visa issued by Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and had been trained to handle arms at a LeT camp based in Faisalabad, Pakistan. After returning back via Wagah border he formally joined the LeT ranks,” the statement said.
How the police caught LeT terrorists who shot three people in Baramulla
On the evening of April 30, gunmen had shot dead three people; Asgar Sheikh, Haseeb Nabi Khan and Irfan Ahmed Sheikh in Kakar Hamam locality deep inside old Baramulla town, about 58-km from here. The police had immediately after the incident said that preliminary investigation revealed complicity of LeT cadres including one Pakistan based and two locals.
On Wednesday, it said during the investigations it surfaced that those involved in the gruesome killings include Suhaib Farooq Akhoon alias Abu Huraira, Mohsin Mushtaq Bhat alias Shera, Ajaz Ahmad Gojri alias Abu Umair, and Bilal Ahmad Najar alias Abu Sameer-all residents of Baramulla who have since been arrested from a forest area.
The police said that during a search operation launched in the woods of Baramulla, the militants hiding there opened fire. “However, the search party in their measured response tactfully overpowered one terrorist who received minor injuries in this incident. The injured terrorist was immediately given medical treatment and the hideout in which four terrorists had been hiding was busted and some arms and ammunition were also recovered,” it said.
It said the first militants Bilal Ahmad Najar alias Sameer was arrested after a joint team of police, the Army and the CRPF overpowered him near cremation ground earmarked for Sikh community in the vicinity of Baramulla’s Bangla Bagh.
“Since all the terrorists involved in this crime are locals of Baramulla, they were easily spotted by eyewitnesses, who immediately reported to police. Earlier a Pakistani who was suspected to be involved in these murders as per the initial eyewitness accounts turned out to be Aijaz Gojri who had changed his appearance to create the impression of being a Pakistani,” a statement issued by the police said.
It added that out of four weapons used in the offense, three have been recovered and that the empty cartridges seized from the scene of crime appear to have same markings as discovered on the live cartridges recovered from the accused and their hideout.
A local resident identified as Uzair Amin Bhat who had provided the accused his car to escape from the scene of crime too has been arrested and the vehicle seized.
10 May 2018/Thursday Written by Mohd Tahir Shafi