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‘Hybrid terrorist’, associate held in Budgam: Police

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‘Two terror associates held in Pulwama’

Srinagar: Police on Friday claimed to have apprehended a “hybrid terrorist” and his associate in Pakharpora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said today.

In a statement, a police spokesman said that Tanveer Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Karapora Chararsharief and his associate Yawer Maqbool Ganai, son of Mohammad Maqbool Ganaie of Karapora Charar-Sharief were arrested by the police and army.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested duo was operating under the banner of proscribed terror outfit LeT/TRF in Pakherpora area,” said the spokesman.

He said arms and ammunition including a pistol, pistol magazine, nine pistol rounds and other incriminating material were recovered from them and a case under relevant sections of law has been registered at Police Station Chrar-i-Sharief.

Separately, police also said two terrorist associates affiliated with LeT were arrested in the Gudoora area of the Pulwama district.

Police spokesperson in a statement said that acting on specific intelligence input, an intensive search was conducted by Pulwama Police in the apple orchards of Gudoora Pulwama which led to arrest of two terrorist associates.

He identified the apprehended “terrorist associates” as Suhail Firdous, son of Firdous Ahmad Sheikh of Mahradpora Utterpora Puchal, and Shahid Gul, son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Wagum Pulwama.

The spokesperson also said incriminating materials were recovered from their possession.

“The investigation revealed that both the accused persons are terrorist associates of an active terrorist Aqib Sher Gojri linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT,” the police statement said.

It said “preliminary investigation also reveals that arrested terrorist associates were in a conspiracy with terrorist Aqib Sher-Gojri to carry out terrorist attacks in Pulwama.”

A case (FIR No. 239/2023) under relevant sections of law has been registered at the Police Station for further investigation, police said.

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