Two new HM recruits held in Kishtwar ahead of I-Day

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Security forces, police launch searches at various places following reports about the movement of suspected militants

By Bunty Mahajan

Jammu: Two newly recruited Hizbul Mujahideen militants were arrested during a joint operation by  Jammu Kashmir Police, CRPF and Army in Dachhan area of Kishtwar district in Jammu and Kashmir.

A major tragedy was foiled as the apprehension came ahead of the I-Day celebrations.

J&K police brining two newly recruited Hizbul Mujahideen militants before senior officers in Kishtwar on Monday

Identified as Yasir Hussain S/O Ghulam Rasool R/O Sounder and Usman Qadir S/O Ghulam Qadir R/O Tander, both Dachhan tehsil, were missing since August 5 this year, sources said that on August 7, it was reliably learnt that they have joined Hizbul Mujahideen with the intention to pose threat to the integrity and sovereignty of the country. Accordingly a case under sections 13/18-B ULA (P) Act was registered at Dachhan Police Station.

On August 8, following a reliable information regarding their presence in Tander areaa police party led by Kishtwar DySP (Operation) Devinder Singh Bandral alongwith Inspector Dilraj Singh, 17 RR and 52 CRPF (CTT) under the supervision of Addl. SP Kishtwar conducted searches in the area and apprehended both the terrorists Kalaingassu area of Tander in Dachhan tehsil.

During search,  a number of arms and ammunition were recovered from their possession. Searches are still going on in the area.

Meanwhile, security forces and police launched cordon and search operation at many places across Jammu division following inputs about the sighting of suspected militants.

Sources said that BSF, Rashtriya Rifles and J&K Police’s Special Operation Group launched house to house search in a number of villages in Mendhar during the wee hours of Monday.

In Akhnoor’s Chowki Choura area, searches started after a truck driver informed police about having seen two suspicious persons who were carrying bags crossing the road near Kapa Kala in Chowki Choura area.

Security forces also launched a search operation in Maheshwar area of Samba after movement of some suspicious persons was captured on CCTV.