New Delhi: After stating that Pakistani terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was behind the terror attack on the Amarnath Pilgrim which took place last month, the Kashmir Police on Sunday claimed that they are quite near and hopefully would “eliminate” the militants involved pretty soon.
Addressing the media, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Khan said that three accused persons have also been arrested.
“After the hard work by Kashmir Police and Special Investigating Team (S.I.T), three accused persons namely Bilal Rishi, a shopkeeper of Iqbal Mohalla Bijweara, Ajaz Ahmad medical representative of a pushkariri Sirigufara and Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh an SRTC driver at Khir valley, have been arrested.
Khan further stated that these three accused helped the terrorists in carrying out the attack and have ‘have completely revealed everything’ to the police.
“Investigation established has conducted that these three accused persons in association with four terrorists of LeT i.e. Ismail alias Harum, Mavia from Pakistan, Furkan, a Pakistani and a local named Yavar Bashir code Ayan son of Bashir Ahmed Wani a resident of a village named Hablsih, carried out the attack,” IGP Khan said.
He further said that Yavar had joined the Let in February 2017 and before that he was a student of a religious seminary in Sri Nagar.
The IGP also revealed that the attack was initially planned for July 9, but that day there was no movement of a Central Reserve Police Force (C.R.P.F) vehicle or a yatri vehicle “in isolation.”
Khan also revealed that the terrorists had kept code words, for CRPF vehicle it was “Bilal”, while for the yatri vehicle it was “Shokat.”
He added that “On July 10, the terrorists repeated the modus operandi, and unfortunately yatri bus was attacked.”
“Our aim was to know how it happened because there were so many speculations going out in media houses, in our circles, but now everything is clear, these are the guys, who were involved and who planned it,” he said.
As many as seven people were killed and fifteen others injured after a group of terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar earlier on July 10.
The incident occurred on July 10 at 8:20 pm when the bus, carrying 17 pilgrims from Baltal to Mir Bazar, became victim to the terror attack.