In a joint operation, the Indian Army and the state police on Monday busted a Hizbul Mujahideen terror module by arresting two terrorists in Handwara and two over ground workers (OWGs) of the outfit in Awantipura. A cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered from them.
According to the police, on a specific information regarding movement of terrorists, a joint Naka of Handwara police and 21-RR of the army was laid at Chogal, Handwara, during which two persons identified as Mehrajudin and Obaid Shafi Malla, both residents of Awantipora, were caught while moving in suspicious circumstances.
The duo was asked to stop but they started running away. The Naka party immediately swung into action and caught hold of them. On their checking a huge cache of arms and Ammunition was recovered.
During the investigation, they revealed that they had come to Handwara for receiving ammunition and other war like stores for their terror outfit in South Kashmir.
Cyber surveillance unit of J&K police also tracked their social media network accounts and found some incriminating material. They were misusing Web-chats to hatch and execute terrorist conspiracies.
Preliminary investigating revealed that these militants were members of HM militant module who would not only recruit youth into militancy by radicalizing them over social media but also coordinated their training and arranged arms and ammunition.
On the disclosure of these two militants, two more members of the module working as OGWs were arrested from Awantipora. They were identified as Shahid Ahmad Thoker and Irfan Ahmad Both resident of Awantipora. Further investigation into the matter is progressing.