3 associates of militant outfit J&K Ghaznavi Force arrested after Army & J&K Police busted a module in Poonch district on Sunday. (ANI Photo)
JAMMU: Police on Sunday claimed to have foiled a terror plot to attack temples in the border district of Poonch with the arrest of three Pakistan-linked terrorists, besides recovering six grenades from them. The trio is said to be affiliated to J&K Ghaznavi Force, a newly floated terror outfit.
Two foreign terrorists of the outfit were slain in an encounter in Poonch’s Dogrian on December 20.
“Acting on intelligence inputs, a joint team of Army’s 49RR, J&K Police’s special operations group and Poonch Police set up a checkpoint at Basooni late Saturday and intercepted a vehicle driven by Mustafa Khan, a terror suspect, who was questioned for his suspicious movement. Mustafa confessed to his involvement in terror-related activities, based on which, two of his associates — Mohammad Yaseen and Rayees Ahmed, both residents of Dabbi, Balakote — were arrested,” Poonch SSP Ramesh Angral said.
After sustained questioning of the trio, security forces got vital clues and raided Mustafa’s residence in Mendhar’s Galutha Harni area from where six grenades and other incriminating evidence, including posters of J&K Ghaznavi Force, were recovered.
The SSP said the three were in regular contact with their Pakistan-based handlers, who instructed them to carry out terror strikes. “Interrogation further revealed that they were planning terror attacks at religious places in Poonch in a bid to trigger communal tension in the region,” he said, adding that some videos about handling grenades were found in the mobile phones of the accused.
“With the arrests, security forces unearthed a nexus involving local terrorists engaged in ferrying war-like stores and narcotics,” Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said, adding that searches were still underway in the area.
On Saturday, Jammu Police busted a module of The Resistance Front and arrested two affiliates besides recovering a huge cache of arms and ammunition. Earlier in November, four Jaish-e-Mohammad ultras were killed near Nagrota on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in an anti-terror operation.