Two militants were apprehended by the army in a joint operation with the state police in Baramulla district’s Pattan on Thursday.
In a statement, the army said Shaukat Ahmed Ganai (26) and Parvez Ah Mir (34), both from Andargam area, were detained. Two AK- 47 rifles and two grenade launchers were also recovered apart from Army and police uniforms during the operation.
“Based on a specific information about the movement of suspected terrorists near Wusunkhui, Pattan, a joint team of Army and Police launched the operation in which two terrorists were intercepted early in the morning today,” the army said, adding that the recovery of uniforms “exposes the nefarious designs” of the terror outfits looking to create panic in the guise of security forces.
Two terrorists apprehended at Pattan(J&K) by Security forces, arms and ammunition recovered pic.twitter.com/4nHPWoR25P— ANI (@ANI_news) September 1, 2016
“Amidst the clamour for restraint from the Security Forces while dealing with locals, this incident emerges as a testimony to the restraint being regularly exercised by the Security Forces who, even at grave risk, apprehended these heavily armed terrorists,” the army said.
Security forces have been facing public ire in the past month as unrest in the Valley led to more than 70 deaths as locals clashed with them over the killing for Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Hundreds were left grievously injured when forces fired pellet guns at protesters to control the mob. The Centre, and even home minister Rajnath Singh, called for restraint and said it would look into the matter.