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5 Lashkar men arrested in J&K

The five were involved in a series of grenade blasts over past three months, leaving two dead and 69 others injured.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2006 20:21 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said it had unearthed a Lashkar-e-Taiba module with the arrest of five terrorists of the outfit involved in a series of grenade throwing incidents in Doda district over the past three months.

The five — Mohammad Qasim, Javid Ahmad, Mohammad Hussain, Javid Iqbal and Riyaz Ahmed — were involved in separate grenade throwing incidents in the district which claimed two lives and left 69 others injured, Inspector General of Police, Jammu range, SP Vaid told reporters in Jammu on Sunday.

He said Mohammad Qasim, a hard core terrorist, was working as a guard with the chairman of Jammu wing of Hurriyat Conference and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Saidullah Tantray.

"It is obvious that Tantray would be knowing about the activities of his domestic servant and investigations are going on in the matter," Vaid said.

Asked whether police would initiate action against Tantray, he said nobody would be allowed to go unpunished if found involved in the heinous crime of attacking innocent people.

He said two persons were killed and 69 others injured when these terrorists hurled series of grenades during the past three months in Doda.

The IGP said the terrorist, who fired on an ex-serviceman Ghulam Ali deployed on duty at Jamia Masjid, Doda on June 20 with an intention to snatch his weapon has also been identified.

Efforts are on to arrest Irshad Ahmed of Kashrian in Doda.

Two more terrorists Gul Nawaz Mangnoo, a tailor by profession, and Javed Sofi of Doda, wanted in militancy related incidents were absconding, he said.