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Two involved in rifle snatching bid arrested

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Srinagar, Aug 13: Police n Monday said two overground workers (OGWs) of militants have been arrested for a failed rifle snatching bid from a bank guard in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.

“On 10 August, two persons barged inside the Jammu and Kashmir Bank branch at Khrew in the south Kashmir district and attacked bank guard Mumtaz Ahmad with pepper spray and a sharp-edged weapon in an attempt to snatch his 12-bore rifle,” a police spokesman said.

He said Ahmad foiled the bid but suffered injuries, following which he was rushed to Khrew hospital. The accused persons fled the spot, the spokesman said.

A case under relevant sections was registered and the investigations initiated, he said.

During the course of investigation, two OGWs, Yasir Ahmad Wani, son of Bashir Ahmad, resident of Babapora, and Yawar Sultan, son of Mohammad Sultan, resident of Shar Shali Khrew, were found involved, the spokesman said.

He said both were subsequently arrested and the case is being probed.