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Over 2 dozen OGWs identified, massive investigation underway to crack whip on terror network
HM terrorists involved in killings of Parihar brothers, RSS leader arrested: IGP Jammu
9/23/2019 11:22:17 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 23: In a major success towards cracking a whip on the Hizb terror network in Kishtwar District, the security forces in Kishtwar District have managed to arrest the co-conspirators involved in killing of Parihar brothers and RSS leader.
Those arrested were involved in BJP leader Anil Parihar, his brother Ajeet Parihar, RSS leader Chander Kant Sharma and his PSO Rajinder Kumar besides in two different weapon snatching incident involving PSO of Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar and PDP District President Sheikh Nasir Hussain after holding his family members hostage for nearly 12 hours before escaping from the spot.
As per the details available with "Early Times", Kishtwar police, 26 RR, intelligence agencies and CRPF in joint efforts under the leadership of SSP Kishtwar Dr Harmeet Singh in collaboration with Commander Sector 9 RR Brigadier Vikram Bhan, CO 26 RR Sajay, ASP Kishtwar Nasir Khan and others managed to develop concrete intelligence inputs that helped the police to crack the whip on terror network which was active in Kishtwar District since last several years helping the militants to carry out terror strikes in Kishtwar town by providing safe entry and exit to them after committing the crime.
During the course of investigation, Kishtwar police managed to identify three militants namely Nisar Ahmed Sheikh of Bunastan, Nishad Ahmed Sheikh and Azad Hussain, both residents of Huller Kishtwar.
Besides establishing the links of the three arrested militants with the killings of Parihar brothers, RSS leader, his PSO and two other weapon snatching incidents, Kishtwar police also identified over two dozen OGWs active in Kishtwar District who are directly or indirectly in links with these militants and police will book them soon under relevant acts of law.
In a press conference at PCR Jammu, IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh said that three Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists, involved in all four cases of terror strikes in Kishtwar district in last one year, including the killings of Parihar brothers and RSS leaders, have been arrested. He said that all the four cases of terror strikes in Kishtwar district in the last one year have been solved following the trio's arrest while the other militants are still at large and security forces has launched manhunt to arrest them.
According to police, Nisar, an auto driver ferry the terrorist to the spot in both the cases of killings of Parihar brothers & RSS leader and later whisked them to safer places.
He said the arrested militants hatched the conspiracy in 2017-18 to revive militancy in the Chenab valley added that that security agencies also busted two hideouts, set up in houses of Sheikh and Hussain, which were used before and after each of the terror acts.
The police also recovered a rifle and some pistols and ammunition from the two hideouts, he added.
"I would like to send a message that anyone harboring, sympathizing, transporting or helping terrorists in any form will be dealt with very strictly under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) act," said Singh adding that "After this action (the arrest of accused), I am sure nobody will join the terrorists' ranks in Doda and Kishtwar belt," he said.
Singh said only six terrorists are active in Jammu region and they included the longest surviving militant of Kishtwar, Mohammad Amin alias "Jehangir Saroori" who along with Osama, Sheikh and others, had chalked out a conspiracy to revive militancy in the region under the banner of Hizbul Mujahideen.
He said that the investigation of the case is still on and all those involved in these terrorist acts will be arrested.
He said an absconding terrorist Rustam, built the two hideouts in houses of Nishad Sheikh and Azad Hussain.
"Saroori, Rustam, Haroon and Zahid are the other accused in the case and are on the run," said Singh, added that there is one more terrorist with alias "Moin-ul-Islam" who belongs to Kashmir and had participated in the last two strikes.
"We have also not come across any Pakistan link so far. The investigation is still on," he added. He said the looted arms have not been recovered so far and term the motive behind the killings was to spread reign of terror in the region.
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