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Plot to kill J&K CM folied

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 19:27 IST
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A plot to kill Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in his public rally at the newly created mountainous district of Ramban was successfully foiled by the police with the arrest of four terrorists including a Congress worker and his wife.

The preplanned plot of the Laskar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) terrorist outfit was foiled by a joint team of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Ramban police after they arrested a couple minutes before the arrival of Azad in his first ever rally at the district after being sworn in as CM.

Police said that according to the arrested suspected terrorists; a Pakistani national and an LeT Fidayeen had entered in Ramban town on Wednesday night along with sophisticated weapons.

The SSP Ramban, Basant Rath maintained a strict vigil on the rally till the departure of the chief minister. "Acting on specific information the Ramban police under Basant Rath swung into action and arrested Congress worker Farooq Ahmed Wani and his wife Haseena Begum from the venue of the rally," police said adding, "Two more conspirators Akhter Malik and Abdul Rashid have also been arrested."

The suspected persons during preliminary questioning told the police that the suspected Congress worker and his wife have been assigned the task of escorting the Pakistani fidayeen upto the dais from where Azad addressed the gathering.

According to the arrested suspects, the Pakistani Fidayeen named Askari was the resident of Punjab in Pakistan and might have left the town after their arrest from the venue.

Wani, who also holding a card of Congress party's member was the resident of Banihal and came to the public rally of the CM under the conspiracy to assassinate him.

When contacted SSP Ramban said that the hunt to nab the suspected Pakistani fidayeen was on and a red alert was sounded in the areas surrounding Ramban and the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.