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Two LeT militants set ablaze old man’s vehicle: J&K Police

Rewards of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh declared; both are Kashmiris and belong to the LeT, says J&K DGP

, ET Bureau|
Sep 24, 2019, 11.32 PM IST
NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has saidit has identified two militants of Pakistan-based banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) for their alleged role in setting ablaze an elderly man’s car in Sopore district last week.

It has been alleged that Sajad Mir alias Haidar and Muddasir Pandith, along with their associate Asif Maqbool Bhat, were involved in scores of incidents of publishing pamphlets and threatening shopkeepers.

Bhat was killed in an encounter with security forces early this month. “A case has been registered and rewards of Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively, have been declared by the J&K police,” director general of police Dilbag Singh told ET. “One of them belongs to Sopore while the other is from Baramulla. Both are Kashmiris and belong to the LeT. They are trying to disrupt public lives. This won’t be tolerated.”

According to police, the car owner, identified as Bashir Ahmed Khan, had left for some personal work when he was intercepted by four militants near Warpora. Khan was assaulted by them for driving out when posters had been put up for a ‘bandh’ and his car, a Maruti Alto, had been reduced to cinders by the time firemen arrived. By the time the Central Reserve Police Force and police personnel arrived at the site, militantshad vanished into the orchard.

In early September, the J&K Police had arrested eight militants belonging to the LeT for putting up posters in the Valley threatening locals against stepping out of their houses. A printing machine and other equipment used to print posters were seized from the arrested men’s hideouts.

Earlier this month, militants had opened fire in Sopore and injured four members of a trader's family, including a minor girl, allegedly for trading despite the ban called by various groups. “Pakistan is desperately trying to scare people of the Valley using militants. The movement of LeT and Jaish militants has been reported. At some places we have been able to arrest them. They have been threatening people to close shop. All these activities are against public interests, as they tend to injure public sentiments,” said DGP Singh. J&K administration has assured traders of safety of trucks in the Valley and recently launched market intervention schemes for apple growers wherein the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India will purchase the fruit at farmers’ doorsteps. The annual turnover for fruits including apple in the Valley is estimated to be Rs 8,000 crore, according to an official statement.
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