J & K’s terror plan to attack a temple in Poonch failed; 3 associated militants arrested
Jammu and Kashmir police said on Sunday they arrested three associated militants linked to Pakistan and recovered six grenades from them, thwarting a terror plot to attack a temple in the Poonch border district and disrupt community harmony. Poonch Police Superintendent Ramesh Kumar Angral said those arrested were planning to carry out a grenade attack on a temple at the urging of their Pakistani handler to disturb the peace and communal friendship in the district.
The officer told reporters in Poonch that the ploy was revealed after the local police Special Operations Group (SOG) together with troops from the 49 Rashtriya rifles detained two brothers, Mustafa Iqbal Khan and Murtaza Iqbal from the village. from Galhuta, from his vehicle near Basooni in the Mendhar sector around 8pm on Saturday.
He said his questioning took place at the headquarters of the 49th Rashtriya Rifles Battalion, Basooni, and it was discovered that Mustafa had received a call from a Pakistani number and was ordered to carry out the grenade attack. “Upon further questioning, he admitted that he had been tasked with throwing a grenade at a temple in Ari village. A video on how to use a grenade was also found on his phone, ”said the SSP.
The SSP said it came to light that Mustafa was involved in militant activities and, in his confession, two of his associates, Mohammad Yaseen and Rayees Ahmad from Balakote village in Dabbi, near the Line of Control (LoC), also They were arrested. Another police officer said the three were later arrested, while Murtaza Iqbal is still in custody and is being questioned.
The SSP added: “Vital clues were obtained during the trio’s interrogation and searches were made at Mustafa’s house from where six grenades, some balloons with Pakistani markings and some posters of the hitherto unknown J&K Ghaznavi Force were recovered.” He said the people arrested were in regular contact with their handlers in Pakistan, who were instructing them to carry out terrorist attacks.
Angral called the trio’s arrest a “great success” for security forces, and said a terrorist plot to incite community violence has been averted with their arrest.
“If they had been successful in their designs, we would have faced a lot of problems because they were intended to harm the brotherhood and communal harmony in the district,” Angral said. When asked about the link between the detainees and the December 13 encounter in Poonch’s Dogrian village, which left two Paksitani terrorists dead, he said it is a follow-up to that very operation. “We are investigating the route that they (the murdered terrorists) used (to enter this side from the other side of the LoC) and the people with whom they had contacted. If these people have a direct link with them is part of the investigation, “he said. Jammu-based Army Lt. Col. Devender Anand said that with the arrest of the terrorists, security forces have discovered a nexus involving local terrorists who were involved in transporting war-like goods and narcotics after smuggling them. from the other side of the border.
“It was a well-coordinated joint operation based on intelligence from the Army and the police. The detained terrorists are likely to belong to the Jammu and Kashmir Ghaznavi Force terror group, ”he said, adding that the search operation is still continuing.
“It is likely that these terrorists carried out an explosion with the intention of upsetting the communal harmony that prevails in the region. His connection to the Pakistani manipulators is also being investigated, ”he said.
Other officials said that some posters of the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen terrorist team were also recovered during the operations, which threatens to escalate attacks against security forces.