Two JeM militant associates arrested in Awantipora: Police

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SRINAGAR — Police on Friday claimed to have arrested two Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant associates in south Kashmir’s Awantipora area.

In a handout to the news agency GNS, the police said that based on a specific input, an operation was carried out on May 4 by joint parties of J&K Police, 42 RR, 03 RR and 180 Bn CRPF, leading to the arrest of two militant associates namely Bashir Ahmad and Gulzar Ahmad, residents of Tral Awantipora.

It added, “On whose disclosure, the following recoveries were made: one AK-56, one AK magazine, 55 AK live rounds, four pistols, six pistol magazines and 24 pistol live…”

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According to a police spokesman, a case FIR U/S of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), Explosive Substances Act and Arms Act stands registered in Police Station Tral in this regard and an investigation has been taken up.

“The timely arrest with arms and ammunition has averted militant attacks like targeted killings in Awantipora and adjoining areas, as well as avoided the nefarious designs of JeM to recruit young boys for their illegal and unlawful activities,” reads the statement.

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