Lashkar, ISI engineered car bomb blast in J&K: Police

The LeT and Pakistan`s ISI engineered the May 2 car bomb explosion in Udhampur district, Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Wednesday after arresting a government officer on charges of conspiracy and detaining several others.

Last Updated: May 11, 2011, 22:45 PM IST

Jammu: The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and
Pakistan`s ISI engineered the May 2 car bomb explosion in
Udhampur district, Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Wednesday after
arresting a government officer on charges of conspiracy and
detaining several others.
A sleeper cell of LeT headed by Ghulam Sarwar of
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, who is at large, on the direction
of its mentors in Inter Service Intelligence had executed the
car bomb explosion at Udhampur to target a top army officer,
they said.

Commandant of Military Hospital, Major General D S
Pathania escaped narrowly in the blast on Jammu-Srinagar
national highway at Bremi bridge in Udhampur district in which
a milk vendor was killed and 10 others were injured.

"We have cracked the case of the car bomb blast. One
PoK militant of LeT was involved in the blast along with some
Over Ground Workers (OGWs). He is at large," Inspector General
of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Dilbagh Singh told reporters.

"The LeT had engineered the blast on the directions of
its cross-border mentors in ISI through its sleeper cell to
keep the pot of militancy boiling in Jammu and Kashmir," he
said.
Singh said that Special Investigation Team (SIT),
which has been constituted, is working hard to track down the
main accused Sarwar.

"LeT OGW and state government`s agriculture extension
officer Abdul Majid has been arrested in the conspiracy of the
blast and several others including the local wife of Sarwar
have been detained," the IGP, who was flanked by DIG,
Udhampur-Reasi Range, Jagjit Kumar and SSP, Udhampur, Surinder
Gupta said.

The Maruti car used in the blast was purchased from
New Delhi in the name of Majid at a cost of Rs 27,000, laden
with explosives in Jammu and later blown up through a remote
control in Udhampur, he said. The remote control was also
recovered from his Tata Sumo vehicle at Sidhra in Jammu.

The militant was operating as a sleeper cell in Jammu
city since 2008 when he came via Bangladesh to Delhi and then
to Jammu.

"The cross-border mentors had made all arrangements
to fake his (Sarwar) identity as a local with the help of LeT
and its OGWs in J-K," Singh said.

Plans of his settlement in Jammu were made in
Rajouri-Poonch belt, he said, adding LeT commanders of
Rajouri-- Poonch Hanjula and Usama- both Pakistanis, had
settled him by constituting a sleeper cell.
Under this plan, they created a network of OGWs and
used Majid -- Agriculture Extension Officer of Behrot village
in Thanamandi belt of Rajouri district, to house the militant
in his home as his deceased brother`s son.

Majid was instrumental in getting him a State Subject
Certificate, Ration Card, date of birth certificate in
Rajouri, driving license from Poonch and a degree certificate
from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, the IGP said, adding that he
also gotted married to a local girl.

Majid was also instrumental in settling him Jammu
changing various residences in Gujjar Nagar, Bathindi, Nagrota
and Sidhra and purchasing for him a truck and a Tata Sumo for
projecting him as a transporter, Singh said.

PTI