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2 JeM ‘terrorist associates’ arrested in Pulwama, 3 suspects in Shopian

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Srinagar: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested two terrorist associates of proscribed outfit JeM in Pulwama while three terror suspects were arrested in neighbouring Shopian district.

Sharing details, police spokesperson said that police in Pulwama alongwith Army’s (55RR and CRPF 182Bn arrested two terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit JeM. They have been identified as Adnan Shafi Bhat, son of Mohammad Shafi Bhat of Ashmander, and Yawar Rashid Sheikh, son of Abdul Rashid Sheikh of Karimabad.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including one pistol along with one magazine and 12 rounds were recovered from their possession. During investigation two grenades were also recovered upon their disclosure, spokesperson said.

He said “the arrested duo was working as associates of terror outfit JeM and was tasked to carry out attacks on non-local labourers in the area.”

Accordingly, a case (FIR No. 312/2022) under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Pulwama and investigation has been initiated, police said.

It was informed that three terror suspects were arrested in two separate operations in Shopian district.

“Based on inputs received from police regarding the presence of two terrorists in Chak Keller area, a Joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post (MVCP) was established on Sunday evening,” a defence spokesperson said.

He said a vehicle was intercepted at around 8 pm but the occupants tried to escape.

“However, they were apprehended and handed over to the police. They have been identified as Gowher Manzoor and Aqib Hussain Nanda, both residents of Drabgam in Pulwama,” the spokesperson said, adding that “warlike stores” were recovered from their possession.

In another operation, a terror suspect was apprehended by security forces at Shopian’s Mohandpur, the official said, adding that one pistol and other incriminating material were recovered from his possession.

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