Jammu and Kashmir police busted a module of Lashkar-e-Toiba by arresting 13 terrorists, one of them a woman activist, in Srinagar. They included those also who fired rifle grenades on the residence of Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq, chairman of moderate faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, at Nigeen on January 13, four days before the Hurriyat chairman left for Pakistan visit.
"This module has been responsible for several terrorist acts in Srinagar in the past three months. The grenade attacks carried out on the residence of Mirwaiz and his Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh were also the handiwork of this group, SM Sahai, inspector general (IG) of police told media persons on Tuesday.
He said that the group was operating under the directions of a Pakistani commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba, Abu Tahir. "He (Abu Tahir) operates in Pattan area of Baramullah district," the IG said.
"This group was responsible for killing policemen, police sources and political activists as also lobbing of grenades in public places. Abu Tahir also used this group in identifying and surveying possible places for suicidal attacks," IG said.
He said that the arrested persons were not regular militants but were paid for the assigned actions. "This module was working not only for the Lashkar but also for the Hizbul Mujahideen. Both Lashkar and Hizb would pay them for executing terrorists acts," he added.
IG said that a woman identified as Rafiq was also working for terrorists. He said that Rafiq had conspired with militants to get her husband Manzoor Ahmad eliminated. Sahai said that the module had been tasked with "wide spread grenade throwing and other terrorist activities during forthcoming move of offices from Jammau to Srinagar".
He said three AK rifle, 12, magazines, 100 AK rounds, 4 pouches two pistols with magazines and 20 hand grenades were recovered from the arrested persons. The arms and ammunition recovered from them was displayed before media persons.