Srinagar, Sept 15: Three youth allegedly associated with militants were arrested in Ganderbal district, police said on Tuesday.
“On reliable information that a module comprising of three youth namely Arshid Ahmad Khan son of Mohammad Altaf Khan of Wayil Wuder Gutlibagh, Majid Rasool Rather son of Ghulam Rasool Rather and Mohammad Asif Najar son of Abdul Razaq Najar, both residents of Beehama, have come in contact with militant Kashmiri Fayaz Khan of Chanhar Gutlibagh who had tasked them to take up (militant) activities in the area,” police said in a statement.
“Operation was launched by joint team Police and 5RR during the intervening night of 14/15 September and all three local youth arrested and incriminating electronic gadgets recovered.”
During sustained questioning, the police said the trio disclosed about possession of 3 hand grenades which were eventually recovered on their instance.
“The module was instructed by their Pak handler to join militancy and undertake attacks on security forces in the area,” police said, adding that in this back drop case FIR No. 199 of 2020 U/S 13,18 UAPA 1967 stands registered in police station Ganderbal.
SSP Ganderbal Khalil Ahmad Poswal while deliberating on the module said the fact that “gullible youth” of valley are being pushed to militancy by militant operatives across the border through various social media platforms and parents remain unaware about such activities of their wards.
He said that police is taking all steps to identify and counsel such vulnerable youth. “It is the primary responsibility of parents also to be sensitised about such modus operandi being adopted by (anti national elements) and keep watch over the activities of their wards to save them from falling prey to Pak based operatives.”