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CRPF attack: govt employee held for hiding fidayeens

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, March 16, 2013
First Published: 15:56 IST(16/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:25 IST(17/3/2013)

The J&K police on Saturday arrested Pradeep Singh, a daily wager with the public health department, who allegedly provided shelter to the two fidayeens who attacked a CRPF camp on Wednesday.


This is the third arrest in connection with the attack that left five CRPF men dead. Singh, 34, is a father of two and belongs to Kansipora, Baramulla, in North Kashmir. He reportedly provided shelter to the group of fidayeen after they crossed over to Kashmir from Pakistan occupied Kashmir a month ago.

Police sources said Singh, a retired army Havaldar's son, had lodged the militants in a government accommodation near his work place in Tangmarg area in North Kashmir.

The militants had met in Tangmarg on March 11, before coming to Srinagar on March 12.

This comes after the arrest of suspected Lashkar militant Talha Zarar and trans-border courier-cum-double agent Bashir Ahmed Mir alias Haroon.

According to sources, it was a SIM card recovered from the dead militants which led to Talha's arrest, who later revealed the names of Mir and Singh during his interrogation.

Mir had also arranged for a hideout in Srinagar and travelled to Bemina where the two militants were dropped for the attack.

According to Singh's wife, the militants stayed with Singh in Tangmarg. Independent sources told HT that Singh had been arrested once before in 2001for possession of fake currency.

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