Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday arrested probably the most wished terrorists and self-styled commander of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, thus foiling a serious terror strike within the Union Territory. In response to the police, the arrested terrorist is believed to be a frontal group of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Commenting on the event, a police spokesperson stated the arrest of Hidayatullah Malik alias Hasnain, an ‘A’ class terrorist from the Shopian district, when he was in a personal automotive was made by a joint workforce of Anantnag and Jammu police from Kunjwani space within the outskirts of Jammu metropolis.
He stated Malik was one of many 10 accused in a case associated to the detection of a strong automotive bomb which was later destroyed on the spot to avert any main mishap in Pulwama district in Could final yr. His seven different associates had been earlier arrested from completely different components of south Kashmir over the previous month.
“In an effort to dismantle the construction of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, the efforts of Anantnag Police led to the arrest of its self-styled chief. The primary arrest on this chain was Ayaz Bhat of Anantnag from whom one pistol was recovered on January 18,” the spokesperson stated.
On the disclosure of Bhat, two extra terror associates — Rayees Mir of Pampore and Shakir Itoo of Shopian — had been arrested and two grenades had been recovered from their possession, the spokesperson stated, including 4 extra terror associates hailing from Anantnag had been arrested and two pistols, AK-47 rounds and hand grenades had been recovered.
Through the additional course of the investigation, he stated the arrested terrorist associates revealed that Malik was placing up in Bathindi space of Jammu and planning a serious assault in Jammu.
“Accordingly, a particular workforce of Anantnag Police was constituted and deputed to Jammu to launch the operation. At about 3:30 pm, an operation was launched with the help of Jammu police at Kunjwani Jammu,” the spokesperson stated.
Through the joint operation, he stated the terrorist attacked the joint occasion and tried to flee from the spot however the workforce apprehended him tactfully from the crowded place.
Incriminating supplies, arms and ammunition together with two pistols and grenades have been recovered from his possession, the spokesperson stated.
Earlier, Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, Shridhar Patil stated a personal car was intercepted by police at Kunjwani bypass on particular data resulting in the arrest of the wished terrorist.
He stated the terrorist attacked the police officer main the occasion in an try to flee however was overpowered.
Officers stated one other individual from Shopian, believed to be an affiliate of the arrested terrorist who reportedly travelled with him from Kashmir to Jammu, was arrested from Bathindi Saturday night.
Each of them had been dwelling at a rented lodging within the space, the officers stated, including additional particulars had been awaited.
Arrested LeM chief was planning terror strike in Jammu metropolis: Police
Following the arrest, police in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday stated the arrested chief of Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM), an offshoot of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, was planning a serious terror strike in Jammu metropolis.
“LeM chief, Hidayatullah Malik, belonging to Shopian district within the valley, is a categorised militant wished in lots of terror-related instances,” the police stated.
The police additional stated that the details about his presence within the space and strike plans got here to gentle following the interrogation of one other terrorist, Ayaz Bhat, who was arrested in Anantnag on January 18.
“Following Bhat’s disclosures, two extra terrorists, Rayees Mir of Pampore and Shakir Yatoo of Shopian had been arrested. 4 extra terror associates had been additionally arrested,” the police stated.
“Hidayatullah was arrested from Kunjwani space of Jammu together with two pistols, grenades, ammunition and incriminating materials. He was additionally wished for final yr’s automotive bomb case in Pulwama. The bomb-laden automotive was detected and destroyed final yr. Malik is being interrogated and extra arrests are probably after,” the police added.