SRINAGAR: Police have claimed that militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) are planning to create an atmosphere of terror in North Kashmir by eliminating those who are friendly with Government and security forces.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir range, Dr Sunil Gupta, while addressing a press conference in Baramulla today said that the interrogation of the four militants who were arrested by security forces revealed that militants are planning to target Government and security forces friendly people. “…interrogation of these terrorists revealed that LeT terrorist handlers in Pakistan had given clear instructions to them to create atmosphere of terror in North Kashmir Range by eliminating as many civilians as possible who are perceived to be friendly with Government or security forces. This also explains the killings that had taken place in other parts of North Kashmir including Hajin and Sopore done by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists”, he said.
Gupta said that barely days after the murder of three civilians in old town Baramulla, police has been successful in arresting the killers involved in this gruesome murder.
“On the evening of 30th April at about 8:35 pm, few unknown armed personnel made their appearance at Iqbal Market old town Baramulla and brutally assassinated three civilians on the roadside who were later identified as Haseeb Nabi Khan son of Ghulam Nabi Khan resident of Kakar Hamam Baramulla, Irfan Ahmad Sheikh alias Asif Ahmad Sheikh son of Ali Mohammad Sheikh resident of Syed Kareem Baramulla and Mohammad Asgar Sheikh alias Afsar Khan son of Mushtaq Ahmad Sheikh resident of Kakar Hamam Baramulla”, said the DIG North Kashmir.
Gupta said that the witnesses revealed that three to four militants appeared at the scene and fired several rounds on a group of youngsters and later disappeared towards Drangbal-Hajibal forest area after committing the murder.
“Baramulla police swiftly acted on the initial tips provided by the locals and several teams were tasked to carry out the searches in the forest area of Drangbal-Hajibal for nabbing the culprits. The entire area from forests of Hajibal to Drangbal stone quarries including Kirmani Colony Drangbal were put under constant watch. One of the teams deputed on a watch-out observed some suspicious movement inside the forest area and soon search parties were sent in to clear the air”, he said.