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We did it: Army, JK Police separately take credit for arrests

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Srinagar, Apr 16 (UNI) The Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police seems to be at loggerheads for taking credit of arresting the nine militants of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammad responsible for seven grenade explosions in the city on April 14 in which five people were killed and 42 others wounded.

Immediately after Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Sharma addressed a news conference here yesterday claiming to have achieved a major success by busting a Jaish module responsible for the series of grenade blasts in the summer capital, the Army issued a release stating that it had achieved a major breakthrough in the case.

In the press release, a Defence Spokesman said on information of the police, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) set up multiple vehicle check-posts on Manasbal-Ganderbal-Bandipora road.

In the search operation, the RR troops intercepted a mini-bus bearing registration number, JK-01F 2829, at Sundar Kut Bala village, he added.

The spokesman said during the search of the bus, troops seized 30 UBGL grenades, eight hand grenades, five timer pencils, one magazine of AK 47 with 45 rounds and two detonators from a polythene bag kept behind the last seat of the vehicle.

On the request of the police, all the 16 passengers, including the driver, were handed over to them, he added.

Interrogation of passengers led to apprehension of a Jaish militant identified as Yasin Yousuf Lone alias Mashooq, a resident of Ajas, the spokesman said.

He said the militant confessed to having been involved in distribution of grenades that were lobbed in the city on Friday.

On sustained interrogation, Lone gave information after which joint operations were launched by the RR troops and the Jammu and Kashmir Police, he added.

The spokesman said in the operation, the joint column apprehended eight more Jaish militants who were involved in planning, distribution and execution of grenade attacks in various parts of the summer capital.

Those arrested includes one militant who was identified as Zubair Ahmad Sofit alias Wasim, a resident of Soura. He has confessed to having lobbed the first grenade at the Central Telegraph Office on the busy Exchange Road here, the spokesman added.

''Timely action by the Army units led to interception of the bus and recovery of war-like stores which could have been used to devastating effect elsewhere. Apprehension of nine ultras involved in grenade blasts in Srinagar has delivered a major blow to the militant groups operating in the Kashmir valley,'' he said.

Earlier, the DGP told reporters that they have busted a module and arrested nine Jaish militants responsible for the blasts.

Mr Sharma said all field resources were put together and finally a lead was established just before the grenade blast at Bohri Kadal in the downtown city last evening.

A mini bus was seized and the driver, a resident of Ajas Bandipora, was taken into custody, he added.

It was after his sustained interrogation, the police conducted raids at different places in the Valley and arrested the militants identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Rather, Yasin Yousuf Lone alias Mashooq, Ajaz Ahmad (all residents of Ajas), Arif Shah, Zubair alias Wasim, Ashfaq alias Jan, Imtiyaz alias Chotoo and Muneer alias Babu (all from Srinagar), the DGP said.

Police also seized 30 UBGL grenades, eight hand grenades, two explosive devices, five pencil timer chargers, one magazine and 45 rounds of ammunition rifle.

Mr Sharma said interrogation of the militants was going on and some more arrests were expected.

In reply to a question, he said the vehicle seized near Ajas was used to distribute grenades to the militants in the city.

The police chief said five civilians had died and 42 others, including eleven police and security personnel, were injured in the seven grenade explosions in the city on April 14.

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