RAJOURI — Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday said that it has arrested three militant associates of the Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit in connection with the investigations into the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) cases reported in Rajouri district last month.
“As the police were investigating Dangri killing case, in the meantime, the IED planting cases in the region were also reported which became a major challenge for the security forces,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rajouri-Poonch range, Dr Haseeb Mughal told reporters in a press conference as per the news agency KNO.
“The intelligence grid was activated across the district. Besides the local people also cooperated with forces in nabbing the culprits, thus leading to the arrest of three Lashkar-e-Tobia militant associates,” the DIG said while addressing a press conference here in Rajouri.
He said that on January 8, security forces had destroyed an IED that was found in a village in Budhal area of Rajouri following which another IED based on a pressure mechanism and time device was found near GMC Rajouri where public movement remains jam-packed so that more damage could occur but the timely act of security forces led the detection of the IED and the plan of the militants was foiled.
He said during the investigation, it came to the fore that these IEDs were sent from across the border to disrupt peace here. “As the future investigation was initiated in these cases, one suspected identified as Majid Dar of Khavra was picked up by the police for questioning,” the DIG said, adding that two more people including Zuhaib Khan and Mohammad Jabbar were also arrested later.
During the investigation, it was found that Jabbar’s brother (Mohammad Abrar) is already in judicial custody in a militancy-related case for the last year. The DIG further said that Jabbar was in contact with handlers from across the border who were giving him directions regarding every plan to disturb the peace here.
“IEDs consignment being sent from across border were received by him and had taken the same to several areas of Rajouri to disturb peace in the region,” he said, adding that their handlers from across the border don’t want to miss any opportunity to spoil the peaceful environment here.
“Through this module, which is associated with Lashkar-e-Tobia, many more IEDs which could cause more human damage were also recovered by the police,” he said, adding that their further network will be busted very soon as the investigation into the cases is going on.