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2 militants arrested after firing at check-post in Jammu’s Rajouri

The Hizbul Mujahideen members looted weapons from a police barrack and opened fire at a security check-post in Jammu’s Rajouri while escaping to Shopian in south Kashmir.

india Updated: Jun 11, 2018 17:55 IST
Hindustan Times, Jammu
Jammu,Rajouri,Hizbul Mujahideen
Mughal Road, which connects Shopian to Jammu region in Poonch, has become a safe route for the terrorists and bovine smugglers. The NIA has raised concerns in the past that the route is used by terrorists, smugglers and drug traffickers.(PTI File Photo)

Two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen were arrested on Monday after they looted weapons from a police barrack and opened fire at a security check-post in Jammu’s Rajouri while escaping to Shopian in south Kashmir, officials said.

“They came via Mughal Road from Shopian on Sunday, looted weapons in the night (Sunday-Monday) and opened fire at the checkpoint in Thannamandi ... “ said Rajouri SSP, Yougal Manhas.

“We have arrested the duo and recovered arms and ammunition from them,” he added.

Manhas said a joint team of the state police, Indian Army and Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) were checking vehicles at the check-post when the two men in a motorcycle were signalled to stop. They, however, sped away in the dark and abandoned their motorcycle at some distance.

“While fleeing they opened fire on security personnel, who were chasing them,” the senior police officer said.

The security personnel overpowered them after a while and recovered an INSAS rifle, three magazines and 49 live cartridges as well as two empty cartridges from the shootout site.

The arrested men have been identified as Mukhtar Ahmed of Zainapura and Aijaz Ahmed Parray of Chitragama in Shopian. Both are 22 years old.

“During the initial interrogation, both of them disclosed that they stole the weapon and magazines from the police barrack by taking away the box of a police official in which the rifle and magazines were kept. They had to break the lock,” said police sources.

The weapons were stolen from a police barrack at Shahadra Sharief shrine in Rajouri. They were in constant touch with self-styled Hizbul commander Zeenat-ul-Islam, who operates in south Kashmir, the official said.

Rajouri Police have lodged a case against them under Ranbir Penal Code, arms act and unlawful activities act at Thannamandi police station.

Both the men have been involved in militancy in Shopian district and a number cases have been registered against them at Zainapura police station in Shopian, the hotbed of militancy where the cycle of violent street protests refuses to die down.

Terror attacks in the Jammu region have been on the rise.

Terrorists attacked the Sunjuwan military station on February 10 in the heart of Jammu city killing six soldiers and a civilian. And in May, unidentified terrorists lobbed a grenade from a flyover at Jammu Bus Stand injuring four people, including three policemen.

Mughal Road, which connects Shopian to Jammu region in Poonch, has become a safe route for the terrorists and bovine smugglers. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has raised concerns in the past that the route is used by terrorists, smugglers and drug traffickers.

First Published: Jun 11, 2018 17:20 IST