New Delhi: A major tragedy was averted in Jammu and Kashmir after four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were arrested on Saturday (August 14, 2021), a day before the country celebrates its 75th Independence Day.
“They were planning a collection of arms dropped by drones and supply to active terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir valley; planting a vehicle-based IED in Jammu before 15th August and reconnaissance of important targets in other parts of the country,” the police said in a statement.
Muntazir Manzoor @ Saifulla who is a resident of Prichoo Pulwama was the first one to be arrested in this chain. One pistol, one magazine, eight live rounds and two Chinese hand grenades were recovered from him and the truck he used for transporting weapons to the Kashmir valley was also seized.
Subsequently, three more Jaish terrorists were arrested namely Ijahar khan @ Sonu Khan who is a resident of Mirdan Mohalla Kandala Shamli (Uttar Pradesh), Touseef Ahmed Shah @ Showket and Adnan, a resident of Jeff in Shopian and Jahangir Ahmed Bhat of Bandzoo Pulwama.
Ijahar disclosed that the Jaish commander in Pakistan by the name of Munazir @ Shahid had asked him to collect weapons from near Amritsar which would be dropped by a drone. He was also asked by Jaish to do reconnaissance of the Panipat oil refinery which he did and sent videos to Pakistan. Ijahar was then also tasked to do the reconnaissance of Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi but was held before that.
Touseef, on the other hand, was asked to procure a second-hand motorcycle for causing an IED blast in Jammu. The IED for this purpose was also planned to be dropped by a drone.
The police informed that Jahangir was doing recruitment for Jaish in the Kashmir valley and in the rest of the country.
The police said that further work on the remaining module is in progress.