January 31: Police in Budgam have arrested three terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT and recovered incriminating materials from their possession.
Acting on specific input Budgam Police along with 53RR and CRPF have arrested three terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit LeT. They have been identified as Mohd Yousuf Dar @ Janbaz kashmiri, Abdul Majeed Mir @ Majid both residents of Chewdara Beerwah (both ex-terrorists) and Reyaz Ahmad Basmati resident of SafaKadal Srinagar. These terrorist associates were also working for other proscribed terror outfit Tehreek ul Mujahideen.
Preliminary investigation reveals that these terrorist associates were operating in Budgam and Srinagar districts with the aim to target newly elected DDC members and to disrupt recently conducted DDC elections. They were in touch with handlers in Pakistan viz Sheikh, Usman, Tariq, Haftullah and others. These terror associates under the garb of securing admissions in Pakistani educational institutions, were managing contacts with Pakistan based terror handlers to recruit terrorists and revive terrorism in Budgam. They were also involved in several grenade attacks in district Srinagar. These terror associates also disclosed that their motive was to recycle the ex-militants and target DDC members, security forces and political workers. This group has also been active in issuing threat letters to political workers in recent past, the same have also been recovered from their possession.
Their nefarious designs of disrupting democratic process and harming peace loving citizens on behalf of Pakistan based handlers has been thwarted due to timely action by Budgam police and SFs.
Incriminating material including 02 Hand grenades, 25 AK-rounds, 04 detonators, mobile phones used to contact with Pakistani handlers, threat posters have been recovered from their possession. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation.
In this connection, a case FIR No. 11/2021 under relevant section of law has been registered in Police Station Beerwah and investigation is in progress.