Major terrorist attack avoided before Republic Day, says J&K police

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Five terrorism suspects have been arrested in this regard, police said.

New Delhi:

A major attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group was avoided in Srinagar before Republic Day, Srinagar police said Thursday.

Authorities said they arrested five terrorism suspects in this regard and recovered a large number of explosives from their possession. The suspects were identified as Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh, Umar Hameed Sheikh, Imtiyaz Ahmed Chikla, Sahil Farooq Gojri and Naseer Ahmed Mir, all Hazratbal residents.

Small weapons, walkie talkies, a vest with bombs and ball bearings (presumably for a suicide attack), in addition to elements such as detonators, jelly sticks and nitric acid bottles that go to the preparation of explosives, were recovered from the four assumptions Jaish -e-Mohammed terrorists.

Police said they were also found responsible for two grenade attacks in the Hazratbal area recently.

The terrorist plot came to light at a time when the Jammu and Kashmir government is in the process of lifting the restrictions established in the Valley since August 5, when the center had eliminated the special state of the former state under Article 370 and had divided it in two. Union territories While the administration says it is gradually restoring Internet connectivity in the region, several opposition politicians arrested at the time have already been released.

Last Friday, a Supreme Court bank headed by Justice NV Ramana said that Internet connectivity was a “fundamental right” of the people and ordered the administration of the territory of the Union to review all the restrictions that have been in force by more than 160 days However, the latter’s lawyer said that factors such as cross-border infiltration, terrorism and the situation of law and order would make such a measure inadvisable. Today’s arrests could reinforce the government’s claim to keep some of the restrictions in place.

Police in the Kashmir area had arrested Jahangir Parray, a resident of Awantipora, accused of “actively helping” members of the Hizbul Mujahideen yesterday. A few days ago, a senior district commander of the terrorist group was shot dead in a clash in the village of Tantna in the Doda district of Kashmir. Police said the man, identified as Haroon Abbas, was part of a group of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists involved in the murder of Jammu BJP leader, Anil Parihar, and his brother Ajit in 2018.

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