Saleem Iqbal Qadri

‘2 OGWs arrested in Rafiabad’

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Sopore, Jun 19: Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two youth in Rafiabad area of Sopore, who police said had gone missing after a special police officer (SPO) guarding a BJP leader had fled with a weapon last month.

According to a police official, the arrested youth have been identified as Aarif Ahmed Malla, son of Ghulam Mohiuddin Malla, resident of Shitlo Rafiabad, and Rayees Ahamd Naik, son of Ali Mohammad Naik, resident of Dichpura Narasach, Kulgam.

Pertinently, a Special Police Officer (SPO) guarding a BJP leader in north Kashmir went missing along with a weapon last month. The SPO who has been identified as Waseem Ahmed, a resident of Shitlo, Panzala, is still at large.

Meanwhile, police in Sopore issued a statement in this regard, claiming that the arrested persons are over-ground workers of militants.

“Police have arrested two OGWs, who were involved in desertion of SPO who turned militant,” the statement said.  It said the duo was arrested by a joint party of police, 32-RR and 92 Bn CRPF near Dachanpora crossing at Rohama.

Police statement said a hand-grenade, one Matrix sheet was recovered from Rayees Ahmad Naik.

“During the course of investigation, it surfaced that the duo are active OGW’s of LeT outfit and the OGW Arif Ahmad Malla is also involved in desertion/decamping of weapon case of SPO turned militant. Investigation of the case is going on and more arrests are expected,” police statement said.

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