Day after grenade blast, two persons held in Baramulla

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SRINAGAR — Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two persons allegedly involved in a grenade blast on an Army convoy which missed the target and exploded on the roadside on Monday.

A police spokesperson said that subsequently a case (FIR No. 147/2020) under Section 307 IPC, 7/27 I.A Act, 18, 20, 39 ULAP Act was lodged and investigation was set into motion.

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“During the course of the investigation, on the basis of human and technical intelligence, a joint operation was launched by 46 RR, 53 CRPF and Baramulla Police in which two suspects namely Fayaz Ahmad Kumar alias Narasimha of Khanpora Baramulla and Aqib Sharif Bhat alias DK of Syed Kareem Baramulla were detained and after sustained interrogation, they revealed that they lobbed the grenade on the insistence of (militants) of LeT outfit,” the spokesperson said.

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“The aim of lobbing the grenade was to disturb order and vitiate the peaceful atmosphere in Baramulla and to motivate the youth into (militant) ranks and their sympathizers.”

It is pertinent to note, the spokesperson said, that both accused are “habitual history-sheeters.”

Fayaz, he said, has 37 FIRs registered against his name and has been detained under PSA seven times in the past. Aqib Sharif Bhat has three FIRs registered against his name, he added.

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“As per the investigation which is still continuing, their aim was to revive militancy in Baramulla town for which they have been directed by the mentors across LoC and their arrest is a big success in terms of maintaining peace and tranquility in Baramulla town,” he said, adding, “The case is under investigation and further leads are expected.”

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