Srinagar, October 13: Awantipora police arrested a JeM militant who lobbed a grenade at bus stand Tral in which three civilians lost their lives and 30 others were injured.
Acting on a specific information, Awantipora police along with 42 RR and 180 Bn CRPF launched a cordon and search operation at village Naristan Tral. During the search operation one militant Gulzar Ahmad Dar son of Ghulam Nabi resident of Nagbal Tral was apprehended. One Chinese pistol was recovered from his possession.
The said militant has joined JeM militant outfit after hurling a grenade upon motorcade of Hon’ble R&B Minister at bus stand Tral in which 03 civilians were killed and 30 persons including 07 CRPF and 02 police personnel were injured.
During sustained questioning, he admitted that he hurled the grenade on the instructions of JeM commander Mufti Vikas resident of PAK and Noor Mohammad Tantray resident of Darganie Gund Tral.
Pertinent to mention that the said militant was earlier active with JeM outfit in 2014 and he has lobbed a grenade at bus stand Tral in which 05 persons lost their lives on 5th of December 2014. A case FIR number 121/2014 under section 307/RPC, 2/5 Exp. Substance already stands registered in Police Station Tral. He was arrested and released after 2 years in January 2017.
During further questioning, he admitted that his four associates (all foreign militants) are hiding in a hideout in Pastuna forest Tral. Accordingly, a search operation was launched in the forest area. During searches, terrorists hiding in the hideout fired upon the search party. The fire was retaliated but taking advantage of the dense forest, militants managed to escape from the hideout. The search operation is going on.