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SRINAGAR: Eighteen militant associates arrested in three different operations in Kashmir, police told Valley Media Service on Monday. Police busted three militant modules and arrested 18 of its associates in Tral area of Awantipora, Khrew area of Pampore, Baramulla & Srinagar. In view of the surge in militant attacks in Tral in which civilians and security forces were targeted, creating an atmosphere of panic and fear, a special team was constituted to investigating these cases and on the basis of material evidence collected, four persons identified as Younis Nabi Naik son of Ghulam Nabi Naik resident of Pinglish, Fayaz Ahmad Wani son of Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Wani resident of Reshipora, Riyaz Ahmad Ganaie son of Mohammad Ramzan Ganaie resident of Nigeenpora and Bilal Ahmad Rather son of Ghulam Rasool resident of Hafoo Nigeenpora were taken into custody, a police spokesman said Valley Media Service in a statement.

Investigation into the cases revealed their complicity in the militant attacks carried out in Tral area of South Kashmir. Another militant module was busted in Khrew area of Pampore in which six associates of proscribed militant outfit Jaish e Mohammad identified as Javaid Ahmad Parray son of Mohammad Shaban resident of Bethan Khrew, Yasir Bashir Wani son of Bashir Ahmad Wani resident of Babapora Khrew, Tahir Yousuf Lone son of Mohammad Yousuf Lone resident of Khrew, Rafiq Ahmad Bhat son of Ghulam Ahmad resident of Sharshali Khrew, Javaid Ahmad Khanday son of Ghulam Ahmad Khanday resident of Khrew and Imran Nazir son of Nazir Ahmad Najar resident of Mandakpaul Naimsaab Khrew were arrested on the basis of incriminating materials recovered, police spokesman said Valley Media Service.

Huge quantity of incriminating materials was recovered from this militant module including gelatin sticks, detonators, materials for making IEDs and grenades. All the incriminating materials have been taken in case records to probe their complicity in other militancy crimes, he added. Meanwhile, based on a credible input that a “criminal conspiracy” has been hatched by some associates of militants to snatch weapons from on duty police personnel, Baramulla police has detained eight militant accomplices from Baramulla, Tangmarg and Srinagar areas, police said VMS. Consequently case FIR No. 102/2018 under section 18, 38 UA (P) Act was registered in Police Station Tangmarg and further investigation was initiated in the mater. During the course of investigation, incriminating materials including arms and ammunitions were recovered from them.