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Updated December 17th, 2023 at 18:32 IST

Breakthrough in Bemina Attack case: 3 terrorists nabbed, connection to Pak-based handler exposed

The J&K DGP has revealed that three terrorists arrested in the Bemina attack case have a connection to a Pakistan-based handler.

Reported by: Zeenat Zeeshan Fazil
DGP RR Swain briefing on the Bemina Attack case
DGP RR Swain briefing on the Bemina Attack case | Image:Republic TV
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Srinagar: In a significant breakthrough, the Jammu and Kashmir Police has announced the dismantling of a terrorist module tasked with targeting off-duty policemen in Srinagar. While addressing a press conference at the Police Control Room (PCR), Srinagar, DGP RR Swain revealed that three terrorists were apprehended, directly linked to the attack on a police constable in Bemina on December 9.

The DGP identified the arrested individuals as Imtiyaz Ahmed Khanday, Mehnan Khan and Danish Ahmad Malla. These terrorists were found to be involved in the assault on a police constable named Muhammad Hafiz Chak. 

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"The investigation, backed by substantial evidence, revealed that the trio, acting on the instructions of Pakistan-based handler Hamza Burhan, orchestrated the attack," said DGP Swain.

Who are the three terrorists behind the Bemina Attack?

Three terrorists nabbed in Bemina attack case
Three terrorists arrested in Bemina Attack case | Image: Republic TV

Danish Malla emerged as the mastermind, plotting the assault on the police constable when he returned home after duty on December 9. Six bullets were fired at Constable Hafiz, causing injuries, with two bullets penetrating his body and one hitting his spine.

Imtiyaz Ahmed Khanday was identified as the assailant who fired at Constable Hafiz in Hamdaniya Colony, Bemina, revealed DGP Swain.

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The DGP further added that the weapon used in the attack, a Canik TP09, a Turkey-made pistol, along with one magazine and one round, were recovered from Imtiyaz Ahmed Khanday during interrogation.

Mehnan Khan, another accomplice, possessed a second Canik TP09 Turkey-made pistol, one magazine, and seven rounds.

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Danish Malla, the alleged mastermind, was found with 9mm rounds (57 in number) and two magazines. 

The three arrested terrorists were affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba/TRF. During the investigation, it was revealed that the arrested trio had compiled a list of policemen as potential targets. DGP Swain emphasized that while there were other names on the list, the primary focus was “on policemen”.

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When questioned about the recovery of Turkey-made pistols, the DGP stated that "such weapons had been found in the past as well, often delivered through “drones or other means” due to their “lightweight nature”.

The DGP further clarified that the module's connection to the killing of police inspector Masroor Ahmad Wani, who was attacked while playing cricket at Eidgah in Srinagar on October 29, is under investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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Published December 17th, 2023 at 18:32 IST

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