Security forces on Monday arrested five Over Ground Workers of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), who allegedly carried out recent grenade attacks in south Kashmir, along with arms and ammunition in Pulwama.
Official sources told UNI that following specific information, a joint team of Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police and security forces arrested a former Pakistan trained militant Sajad Ahmad Bhat, in Pulwama.
They said during questioning Bhat confessed that he along with four other OGWs carried out recent grenade attacks in Pampore and Khrew in south Kashmir. ”All the four accused were arrested,” they added.
”The accused have been identified as Umar Gani Sheikh, Jan Mohammad Khanday, Owais Ahmad Bhat and Muzaffar Hussain Bhat,” he said.
A police spokesperson said JeM which was earlier having strong basis in Tral had been dislodged from the area by conducting intelligence based operations in which some of the top commanders were eliminated and large number of hideouts busted. ”After continuous operations in Tral they shifted their focus in Khrew and Pampore belt. The slain JeM Commander Noor Mohammad Tantray was the key in creating this network of OGWs who was killed in a joint operation on December 25, 2017 at Samboora Pampore,” he said.
He said after Tantray’s elimination the network mentioned above was operating under the command/instructions of Mufti Waqas, a resident of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).