According to officials, three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, who were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, were sent to a seven-day police custody on Friday. Senior Superintendent of Police Kathua SSP Sridhar Patel said that Police are interrogating the three to get more details.
"We have got seven-day remand of the 3 JeM terrorists today," Patel said.
The three terrorists have been identified by the police as — Ubaid-ul-Islam, a resident of Aghlar Kandi, Rajpora Pulwama; Jehangir Ahmad Parray, a resident of Pakherpora Charar-e-Sharief, Budgam; and Sabeel Ahmad Baba, a resident of Aghlar Kandi, Rajpora Pulwama.
It started when, during a check, a truck loaded with cardboard material was intercepted at 8.00 am on Thursday on the Jammu-Pathankot Highway and the three terrorists were arrested with arms and ammunition, Jammu Inspector General of Police Makesh Singh told PTI.
"We intercepted a truck JK 13E-2000 on specific inputs at Lakhanpur and arrested three persons at 8 AM on Thursday," Sridhar Patil added.
The arrests have been seen as a huge development in terror crackdown as it is believed that a major terror attack has been averted. Ever since the Indian Government abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, there have been several attempts by the neighbouring country and terror outfits to promote terror activities in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.
Patel further added that the arms and ammunition that were recovered from the vehicle included four AK-56 rifles, two AK-47 rifles, six magazines and 180 rounds of ammunition, besides cash of Rs 11,000.
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The officer further informed that all the terrorists belonged to the Kashmir Valley and that the truck was owned by one Suhil Ahmed Latoo of Gulshanabad, Pulwama, and was driven by one Javaid Ahmed Dar. According to him, they were illegally transporting arms and ammunition to Kashmir from Punjab to "disturb peace in the Valley".
The SSP said that the arms and ammunition might have been smuggled to arm the JeM modules in Kashmir for carrying out terror activities. As per him, the belief is that these suspected terrorists infiltrated from across the International Border via Bamyal border in Pathankot to the Kashmir Valley with the help of over-ground workers. Sources have also claimed that the terrorists were planning to execute a major terror attack.
In connection to the case, Punjab Police has sent a team of the State Special Operation Cell (SSOC) to Kathua and joined the investigation.