2 Al-Badr militants arrested in Awantipora, cash seized

Security personnel stand guard in Kashmir. (File Photo: PTI)
Security personnel stand guard in Kashmir. (File Photo: PTI)

Srinagar/ September 15: Militants managed to escape after a brief gunfight in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Tuesday, however two militants were arrested in Awantipora with lakhs of rupees. After the militants’ escaped, operation was called off. “The search operation which was launched after a brief exchange of fire has been called off,” J&K Police said.

The search operation was launched by joint team of forces including 50 RR, CRPF and Pulwama Police on specific inputs about the presence of militants in Marwal village of Pulwama district.

Police said that when the search operation was being launched, militants fired upon security forces which was retaliated triggering an encounter in which two army soldiers were injured. However, the officials said that militants managed to flee from the spot.

In Awantipora area of Pulwama, the J&K Police arrested two militant associates of Al-Badr militant outfit along with Rs 6 lakh cash at Ladhoo Crossing. Police said they were acting on a specific information and the Awantipora Police and security forces arrested two militant associates of Al-Badr outfit in the wee hours on Tuesday who were travelling on a Scooty from Southern district of Shopian to Khrew area of Pulwama.

The two militants arrested have been identified as Rayees-ul-Hassan resident of Gadikhal, Awantipora and Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, resident of Dadsara, Awantipora Pulwama district, the official said.

“Incriminating material of Al-Badr outfit have been recovered from their possession which includes Rs 6 lakh (six lakh) cash meant for militant funding of Al-Badr outfit. The Scooty bearing registration number JK-01 AC-4035 used for the crime has also been seized,” the official said, adding that “Case FIR number 55/2020 under relevant sections of Unlawful Activities Act has been registered in Police Station Khrew. “Further investigations are on,” J&K Police said.

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