Accused involved in twin Udhampur blasts held, says DGP

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Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference
Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police, Dilbagh Singh addressing a press conference in Srinagar (Photo: ANI)

SRINAGAR — Jammu & Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh on Sunday said that an accused involved in the twin Udhampur bus blasts has been arrested.

Addressing a press conference here at Jammu, he said that the police had formed multiple teams including the personnel of other agencies and were investigating the matter through various angles and it came to fore that one accused Mohammad Amin Bhat is involved in these blasts.

“Bhat is involved in these blasts. He is settled in Pakistan. He contacted a militant named Aslam Sheikh through social media apps and provided him three sticky bombs and four new IEDs through a drone,” ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh said.

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“On September 27, Mohammad Amin Bhat ordered him to plant bombs at suitable locations before a high-profile ministerial visit,” the ADGP said, adding that he activated two IEDs and placed them in two buses.

“In one bus, he set a timer of 7 hours and in the other, he set a timer of 14 hours,” he said and added, “Five IEDs including three sticky bombs have been recovered. With this module, a Jaish module was also linked and a person Zakir Hussian has been arrested and one sticky bomb has been recovered.”

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He also said that former militants are being recycled into militancy by their mentors from Pakistan to carry out sticky bomb attacks.

Recently, two back-to-back mysterious blasts took place in a bus that was parked at the bus stand in Udhampur. The first blast took place in an empty bus on Wednesday night and after eight hours, another blast occurred on Thursday morning. Two people have been injured in the incident and vehicles parked nearby have also suffered damage.

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