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Lashkar militant arrested for killing J&K sarpanch

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, December 21, 2012
First Published: 21:17 IST(21/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:35 IST(22/12/2012)

The police on Friday claimed to have arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant involved in the killing of a sarpanch in north Kashmir's Baramulla district.


According to a police spokesman in Srinagar, the Baramulla arrested the LeT militant who was involved in the killing of sarpanch Ghulam Mohammad Yatoo, a resident of Raipora Palhalan, Baramulla district.

The spokesman said the LeT man was arrested in a joint operation of the Baramulla Police, the army's 29 RR and CRPF's 45 Battalion at village Raipora, Palhalan, Baramulla. The police did not disclose the date of his arrest.

The police said the LeT militant, identified as Mohammad Altaf Ganie alias Cheema, a resident of Raipora, Palhalan, was involved in the killing of Yatoo.

"However, Cheema's other accomplice in the killing Shabir Ahmed Sheikh alias Shaka is still at large," said the spokesman.

The police claimed to have recovered one AK-47 rifle, four AK magazines, 192 rounds of AK ammunition, one pistol, four pistol rounds, one pouch, one wireless set and 32 Improvised Explosive Device circuit packs during the operation.

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