Militant module busted, kingpin held in J&K

Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 15:15

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed to
have busted a militant module here with the arrest of its
kingpin and recovery of arms and ammunition.

Omar Zargar was arrested from the old city, locally known
as downtown, a fortnight ago after investigations revealed
that he was trying to revive militancy in the city, official
sources said on Sunday.

Zargar was detained by police at the height of summer
unrest in 2010 after having obtained clinching evidences of
his involvement in stone-pelting incidents but had been later
let-off.

He then fled the valley and had gone abroad. He returned
recently after he was assured by his accomplices that the
situation had eased out, they said.

One pistol and a wireless set have been recovered from his
possession, they said.

Based on information obtained from him during questioning,
police expect more arrests and recovery of arms and ammunition
in the coming days.

Zargar was trying to motivate youths, most of them who
were stone-pelters, to join the ranks of militancy and had
promised them weapons and money in abundance, the sources
said.

Meanwhile, investigators are trying to ascertain whether
he was involved in the attack on Rural Development Minister
Ali Mohammad Sagar in Nawab Bazaar area of the city in
December last year.

A personal security guard of the minister was killed while
four others, including a civilian, were injured in the attack
but Sagar had escaped unhurt.

Although police is tight-lipped about his arrest, the
sources said a press conference will be held within couple of
days to give details of the operation.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 15:15

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