2 armed LeT terrorists overpowered by villagers, handed over to police in J-K’s Reasi

  • | Sunday | 3rd July, 2022

Jammu, Jul 3 (PTI) In a major success, two heavily-armed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists including the mastermind of recent IED blasts in Rajouri were overpowered by villagers and handed over to the police in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a senior police officer said. Lt Governor Manoj Sinha and Director General of Police Dilbag Singh lauded the villagers for their courage and announced cash rewards for them.However, a political slugfest erupted between the local units of BJP and Congress after one of the captured terrorists -- Talib Hussain Shah -- was reported to be an active member of the saffron party who was recently selected as its IT and social media cell in charge of the minority morcha in Jammu province. Some pictures emerged on social media purportedly showing Shah with BJP leaders.One of the pictures shows J&K BJP president Ravinder Raina purportedly presenting him with a bouquet and a letter issued by party leader Sheikh Bashir on May 9, assigning him the responsibility of new IT and social media incharge of Minority Morcha (Jammu province). Residents of the Tuksan Dhok village captured the terrorists. LeT commander Shah is a resident of Rajouri district and was the mastermind of the recent IED blasts in the district, the officials said. Shah and his Kashmiri associate Faisal Ahmad Dar from Pulwama were in possession of two AK assault rifles, seven grenades, a pistol and a huge quantity of ammunition when they were confronted by Muslim villagers and were disarmed before being handed over to police. The villagers had tied them with ropes."Today, villagers of Tukson Dhok showed extreme courage in apprehending two most wanted terrorists of LeT who had reached the area to take shelter after continuous pressure from the police and army (in Rajouri district),” Additional Director General of Police, Jammu zone, Mukesh Singh said in a statement here. He said the Lt Governor has applauded the courage of villagers and announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for their bravery, while the Director General of Police announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for them. "I salute the bravery of villagers of Tukson Dhok, Reasi, who apprehended two-most wanted terrorists. Such determination by common man shows end of terrorism is not far away. UT Govt to extend Rs five lakh cash reward to villagers for gallant act against terrorists and terrorism," the office of LG tweeted. The arrest of the duo followed unearthing of a module headed by Shah in Rajouri district on June 28, which was behind the recent series of explosions in the district. While two terror operatives of the outfit were arrested along with five Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Hussain was on the run and had moved towards the higher reaches into nearby Reasi district to escape the dragnet of security forces. Twin explosions rocked Kotrana town of Rajouri on March 26 and another on April 19, leaving two persons injured. Two more persons were injured in another blast that took place in Shahpur-Budhal area of Rajouri on April 24. “Shah was in constant touch with LeT terrorist Qasim based in Pakistan and was involved in at least three cases of IED blasts at Rajouri district besides civilian killings and grenade blasts,” the ADGP said He said it was revealed during preliminary questioning that both the terrorists were also in touch with a Pakistani LeT handler Salman. “People are with us in the fight against terrorism and today"s development is a step forward...this is a big success after the busting of two LeT modules in Udhampur and Rajouri which was assigned the task to revive terrorism in parts of Jammu province,” the ADGP said.Terming the arrest of Shah and Dar a “major breakthrough”, officials said the LeT is making desperate attempts to revive terrorism in Pir Panchal districts of Rajouri and Poonch, Chenab valley districts of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban besides Reasi in Jammu province but "we are alert and ready to meet any challenge". As the news about villagers overpowering the two terrorists and handing them over to the police surfaced, purported pictures of Shah with JK BJP chief and his participation in party functions emerged on social media. While Raina dismissed the presence of Shah in his party as a "conspiracy hatched by Pakistan to target him and the party headquarters", Pradesh Congress Committee chief spokesperson Ravinder Sharma said the ruling party should answer to the nation over the alleged presence of terrorists in their ranks and holding important party positions. While lauding the people for assisting police in capturing the two most-wanted LeT terrorists, JK BJP chief said "they were part of a conspiracy hatched from Pakistan to target him and the party headquarters".He said the BJP is determined to wipe out Pakistan-sponsored terrorism from Jammu and Kashmir and "we will not be cowed down by threats or conspiracies". Reacting strongly, the Congress chief spokesperson said "this is for the first time that such a thing had happened (when an office bearer of a party is directly involved in terrorism)." "The BJP should answer to the nation about the presence of terrorists in their ranks holding important party positions. It is a very serious matter and a threat to the security of the nation," he said. PTI TAS SKL TIR TIR


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