Reyaz Rashid

4 LeT OGWs held for grenade attack on Sarpanch’s house

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Baramulla: Four “over ground workers” of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) were arrested for their alleged involvement in a grenade attack on a Sarpanch’s residence in Baramulla district some ten days ago, police said here on Tuesday.

SSP Baramulla Rayees Mohammed Bhat told media-persons in a hurriedly called presser that on August 22, at around 9 PM, a telephonic call was received by Police Station Kreeri regarding blast like sound from village Shrakwara.

“During the course of verification, it came to fore that a grenade was lobbed towards the police guard at the house of Sarpanch — Narinder Kour, wife of Daljeet Singh of Shrakwara Kreeri — which caused some minor damage to window panes and vehicle,” SSP said.

He said a case was registered in Police Station Kreeri and investigation set into motion.

During process of investigation, many suspects were called for questioning and on the basis of technical analysis, CCTV footage and other evidences, two persons — Mohammad Saleem Khan, son of Ghulam Hassan Khan of New Colony Shrakwara, and Sajad Ahmed Mir, son of Late Ali Mohammad Mir of Mir Mohalla Saloosa, are arrested.

During their interrogation, the SSP said, it came to fore that both the suspects were working as “OGWs of LeT outfit at the behest of one Pakistan-based handler of LeT and its off shoot TRF namely Ali Bhai.”

He said that “both the accused persons are drug-addicts and were in contact with LeT (militant) Hilal Sheikh and Usman (foreigner) on whose instructions, they obtained grenade from Batmaloo Srinagar.”

Two others Bilal Ahmad Sheikh, son of Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh of Saloosa and Naseer Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Majeed Dar of Najibhat, “assisted the accused persons in the commission of crime who were also arrested,” the SSP said

He said two hand-grenades and 100 grams of “Charas-like” substance have been recovered from the accused persons.

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