Police Tuesday claimed that it has arrested three militant aspirants and recovered some ammunition from their possession in Srinagar city.
A police spokesman identified the trio as Asif Iqbal Dar, Shahid Hassan Dar residents of Soura and Rasheed Lateef Mir resident of Barzulla.
“They were arrested after a series of human and technical investigative techniques used by Police,” the spokesman said.
Senior Superintendent Police Srinagar, Dr Haseeb Mughal said that police was following Asif who was surfing and sharing radical material on internet.
During the monitoring on him, police learnt that he had traveled to Pulwama in south Kashmir, which probably led to apprehension among his family and they filed a missing complaint with the police station Soura, he said.
Mughal said police started tracing Asif while other security agencies were also alerted, however, the next day he returned home.
He refrained from sharing further details about his return and said such information was secret.
The city police chief said during their questioning police learnt about the actual “radicalisation” among youth, how they get into contact with militants using different internet-based messengers and how they formally join militancy.
During their questioning, Mughal said, it was learnt that youth are subjected to test before joining the militancy.
“The trio were also asked to go for a test to prove themselves and then they would be taken into militant folds. They were first sent to Jammu where they lobbed a grenade at bus stand in December 2018. The second test they were given was an attack on Special Police Official, Romaan at Chanapora on 27 March 2019 in which he sustained injuries,” he said.
Moreover, according to their disclosure, they were given a grenade which they lobed at CRPF vehicles near Barzullah but that incident didn’t come in police report because apparently, the grenade didn’t cause blast,” Mughal said.
The trio were being used by militants in taking ground intelligence, he said. The Srinagar police chief didn’t call them militants but militant aspirants, saying they were Over Ground Workers on trial and were aspiring to join militancy.
Police spokesman, however, said the trio were militants of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, who were involved in attacks on forces in the state.
Police spokesman said during the investigation it was learnt that Junaid Shehrai, Hizb commander, was part of this group which carried out these attacks.
“A case under relevant sections of law has been registered in this regard. Further investigation in the matter is going on,” the spokesman said.
A flag of Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, live rounds and a grenade were recovered from their possession, police displaced at a press conference here.