Srinagar: Police on Wednesday busted a Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) terror module in north Kashmir and arrested 10 people, including four terrorists who were allegedly responsible for gunning down three boys at Baramulla on 30 April.
“We have ample evidence to suggest the hand of the outlawed Lasher-e-Toiba group in instigating violence and killing innocent people in north Kashmir,” Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Swayam Prakash Pani told reporters here.
He said besides the four terrorists, police had also arrested six over-ground workers (OGWs) who were allegedly active in providing shelter and transportation to the terrorists.
A police spokesman said two of the four terrorists held were involved in the killing of Haseeb Nabi Khan, Irfan Ahmad Sheikh and Mohammad Asghar Sheikh all residents of Baramulla, on April 30.
“During the investigations, it has been revealed that the terrorists were found involved in the attack on the three youths at Khanpora Baramulla which resulted into the killing of the trio on the spot on 30 April,” the officer said.
On 30 April, bullet-ridden of three youth in their early 20s were recovered from Khanpora Baramulla.
At the time, the police said that LeT terrorists were behind the attack. A police spokesperson said all the three persons were shot at from a very close range in Iqbal market of Old Baramulla town, killing them on the spot.
“Eyewitness accounts suggested that three to four terrorists were involved in the commission of this heinous crime,” the spokesman said.
“Out of the three civilians killed, names of two had figured in a threatening video issued by the LeT during the 2016 unrest in the Valley,” he said.
The police said multiple parties of police, Army and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were tasked to track the culprits. Two AK rifles, Chinese pistols, four hand grenades, 50 AK rounds, four AK magazine and two pistol magazines were found from the terrorists’ hideout, they said.
During the sustained interrogation of the terrorists, the police and security forces were also able to unearth a LeT module operating in the Sopore-Baramulla belt,” the spokesperson said.
The police said the arrests have also helped them to solve the cases of two grenade attacks on Baramulla police station on 2 December 2017 and 22 January this year.