Srinagar, Oct 23 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir police claimed to have busted a Pakistan based Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) module operating in the frontier district of Kupwara when they killed a militant and arrested six others.
A police spokesman said the LeT module was being aided by a leader of a political party. However, official sources said zonal president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a partner in the alliance government was supporting the network.
The spokesman said Kupwara police and 6 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) arrested a militant Akhter Hussain Khan, a resident of Sopore, at Bumhama alongwith six hand grenades and one wireless set.
After sustained interrogation, Khan admitted that he was going to Sopore where six other militants were waiting for him.
The militant admitted that they were planning to strike at different places in Sopore town on the eve of Eid.
Spokesman said the RR and police personnel later intercepted a vehicle in which six LeT militants were traveling. However, one of them, Mohammad Ashraf Lone opened fire. Troops also returned the fire, killing him. The other five militants were later taken into custody. One pistol, two magazines and 14 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the slain militant.
During the interrogation, the other militants Ulfat Hussain Sheikh, Imtiyaz Ahmad Hajam, Sheikh -ul-Islam, Waqar Ahmad Mir and Javid Ahmad Dar said they had directions from the LeT commanders to carry out grenade and other attacks in Sopore town, the spokesman said adding eight hand grenades, one pistol, one magazine, six rounds of ammunition and one wireless set were recovered from the vehicle.
He said the vehicle was provided to militants by zonal president of a political party.
The arrested militants further said that the political leader was providing other help to militants.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kupwara said the module was responsible for a number of grenade and other attacks in Sopore town in the recent past. They were also working as couriers for taking the arms and ammunition to different parts of north Kashmir.
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