POONCH TERROR ATTACK: Local ‘Imam’ detained in Jammu, 7 arrested so far

POONCH TERROR ATTACK: Local ‘Imam’ detained in Jammu, 7 arrested so far


Jammu, Apr 29 : Expanding the horizon of investigation into the Poonch terror attack, Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday detained a religious head (Moulvi) from Jammu’s Bathindi area for allegedly having his links with the terrorists involved in the recent attack.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), though the security forces are tight- lipped on the incident and restricted for sharing news with media, but reliable sources informed that during interrogation and questioning of detainees, a name of Poonch based Moulvi was surfaced for allegedly having links with terrorists and across the border.

“A team of SOG lifted Moulvi namely Manzoor from the Madrassa, Markaz -UL- Marrif in Bathindi on suspicions of having links with Poonch terrorist attack,” sources said adding that alleged accused is teacher in Madrassa and hailed from Poonch district”.

The fresh raid in Jammu took place a day after Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh claimed that the terror plot has been uncovered and six locals have been arrested for sheltering the terrorists.

Earlier, on April 20, terrorists ambushed an army vehicle in which five soldiers were killed and one left injured. The soldiers were from a Rashtriya Rifles unit deployed for counter-terror operations.

According to DGP Singh, the explosives and weapons came from Pakistan through drones.

Singh said that police have so far questioned more than 200 people and the operation to neutralise the terrorists involved in the attack is underway.

“Six persons (of a module) have been arrested. They include those who have provided material (weapons, ammunition, explosives) to the terrorists besides shelter and food and guided them from one to another place,” Singh told reporters during a visit to Rajouri district.

He also claimed that there are 10 to 12 such elements operating in the area.

Earlier, Army’s Northern Commander Lt Gen Upendra Dwivedi also visited the attack site and said that necessary action is underway against the terrorists responsible for the deadly attack on an army truck in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district that left five soldiers dead.

Meanwhile, a massive search operation to track down the terrorists is underway in Bhata Dhurian following the ambush—(KNO)

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