In a major success, the Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police, in a swift joint operation apprehended Gajnafar and Arif, involved in the terrorist attack at Banihal in which a SSB jawan was martyred and another wounded on Wednesday.
Lt Col Gautam Anand, spokesman of the Army said on Friday that two service rifles, including an AK assault rifle and an INSAS rifle, which were snatched during the attack, were also recovered from their possession.
Gajnafar and Arif had been recruited by the inmical forces in the Kashmir valley to foment terror in the Chenab valley region.
The duo, along with Aquib Wahid were involved in the heinous crime wherein an SSB personnel was martyred and another critically injured. The apprehendees have been handed over to the Police and hunt for Aquib is presently on.
Gazanfar Ahmed (21) of Kaskoot Tehsil Banihal was a BSC-3rd year student studying in the Degree college, Anantnag. (His father was affiliated with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in the year-1989)
Aquib Waheed (22) belongs to Kaskoot Tehsil Banihal and was studying BSC 3rd year degree college, Anantnag.
(His uncle Mohd Hussain Najar was a divisional commander of HM).
The apprehension is a significant blow to the nefarious designs of Anti National elements in promoting and supporting terrorism in otherwise peaceful Chenab Valley. Search of the area and further investigations are under progress.