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3 militant hideouts busted in Kashmir, four sympathisers arrested

Jammu and Kashmir police busted three hideouts of militants on Saturday, seized weapons and arrested four militant sympathisers in south Kashmir where three policemen and a political worker were killed on Eid

india Updated: Aug 25, 2018 23:10 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
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In this file photo, personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Police search for militants who attacked a BSNL telecom franchise at Sopore. (PTI File Photo)

Jammu and Kashmir police busted three hideouts of militants on Saturday, seized weapons and arrested four militant sympathisers in south Kashmir where three policemen and a political worker were killed on Eid.

Police officials said that they seized incriminating material along with arms and ammunition after finding three hideouts in the region’s Pulwama district.

One hideout was in a house in Rajpora Litter.

A key over-ground worker (OGW), a police term for a militant helper was arrested from the house at Rajpor, a police spokesman said. An improvised explosive device (IED) was also seized from the hideout.

Two other hideouts were busted in Khallen and Tahab villages of Pulwama.

“From these hideouts, an AK magazine, one Insas magazine and a under barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) was recovered. Three accused persons who were working for outlawed terror outfit HM group were arrested,” the spokesman said.

Three policemen, including two from Pulwama, were killed by gunmen in separate incidents across south Kashmir on Wednesday on Eid. Police blamed the militants for the killings.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker was kidnapped by suspected militants on Tuesday and his bullet riddled body was found in the early hours of Wednesday in Pulwama.

On Thursday, police said militants shot dead a forest department official in Kunzer area of Tangmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

On Friday, In response, security forces killed a foreign Jaish-e-Mohammed militant in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

The escalation in violence coincided with the change of governor in the state. Satya Pal Malik was sworn-in as the 13th governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday replacing NN Vohra, who held the post since 2008. The state has been under governor’s rule since June 20 after BJP pulled out of coalition government with PDP.

First Published: Aug 25, 2018 23:10 IST