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Lashkar’s design to strike in Srinagar ahead of polls foiled, IED defused in south Kashmir

The police on Friday claimed to have thwarted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants’ attempts to strike in the state’s summer capital Srinagar ahead of scheduled assembly polls.
Hindustan Times | By Peerzada Ashiq, Srinagar
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2014 08:02 PM IST

The police on Friday claimed to have thwarted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants’ attempts to strike in the state’s summer capital Srinagar ahead of scheduled assembly polls.

“A LeT sleeper cell was planning to carry out subversive activities in Srinagar city,” said Srinagar-based police spokesman of the zonal headquarters.

The sleeper cell of the LeT outfit was active in the city’s Nowgam and Chanpora areas. Two militants the group have been arrested.

The police said the sleeper cell was specifically tasked to carry out subversive activities in and around Srinagar city in the coming days. Kashmir is scheduled to go to polls from November 25.

“The activities of the main characters of the sleeper cell were meticulously monitored that lead to the arrest of two militants, including a driver of a private school,” said the spokesman.

The arrested persons have been identified as Mohammad Irfan Haroon, a resident of Tawheed Colony, Natipora, and Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Haja Mohalla, Natipora.

The police recovered three AK 47 rifle, 14 Pistols and 02 wireless sets from them. “More arrests are expected in the case,” said the spokesman.

The security forces busted a LeT module in Sopore last week and arrested six persons. The families, however, claimed that they were not involved in militant activities.

There are intelligence reports of stepped up militant activities in the valley.

In South Kashmir’s Shopian district, the security forces detected one improvised explosive devise (IED) planted inside a gas cylinder near the circuit house, approximately five meters from the Mughal Road this morning.

“The ill designs of the militants were aimed at causing violence and terror in the run up to the assembly elections,” said Srinagar-based army spokesman.

He said the alert troops of the army’s Rashtriya Rifles accompanied by J&K Police personnel, patrolling the areas, found the explosives around 9:45am, two km south of Chowgam.

“The traffic was immediately stopped on either side of the road. A Bomb Disposal Squad destroyed it,” said the spokesman.

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