On the second anniversary of Pulwama terror attack, a 7 kg improvised explosive device (IED) was recovered near the Jammu Bus Stand on 14 February, a senior police official said. The police recovered the IED from KC Chowk, adjacent to the Jammu Bus Stand.
The police official said on the condition of anonymity that the cops arrested Suhail Bashir of the Al-Badr outfit in the same bus stand area. Suhail hails from Pulwama.
The timely detection of the IED averted a possible tragedy; the bus stand normally remains crowded. The police were acting on specific information, the official said.
The IED recovery comes close on the heels of the arrest of two top terrorists from Kunjwani in Jammu and Bari Brahmana area of Samba districts. But it also exposed chinks in the security grid.
Police had arrested Zahoor Ahmad Rather, a top terrorist affiliated with The Resistance Front (TRF) who was wanted in connection with the killing of three BJP workers and a policeman in south Kashmir last year, in Bari Brahmana area of Samba on 13 February.
Earlier on 6 February, self-styled commander of the Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM), Hidayatullah Malik, alias “Hasnain”, was held from the Kunjwani area of Jammu.
“Obviously there are now attempts by Pakistan and various terror outfits to create disturbance in Jammu region”, the police officer said.
Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said a commander of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, which is a front of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) was recently arrested in Jammu’s Kunjwani.
“He revealed that several hideouts have been stationed in Jammu to spread militancy. They receive weapons from Pakistan, send them to Kashmir and other areas”, said the DGP.
Two years ago on this day, a JeM suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden car into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, killing 40 troopers.
On Republic Day, the Narendra Modi government had awarded Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal for Meritorious Service to six Police personnel, Rashmi Ranjan Swain, ADGP, CID, Satish Khandare, ADGP, UT of Ladakh, Harmeet Singh Mehta, SSP, Kishtwar, Rajni Sharma, Addl. SP, Ramban, Ghulam Shah Rubbani, SI and Mushtaq Ahmad, SI.