With the arrest of three Hizbul Mujahideen militants and an over-ground worker, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said Monday that it had solved four incidents of terror, including the killing of a senior BJP leader and an RSS functionary in Jammu’s Kishtwar.
IGP (Jammu zone) Mukesh Singh identified the arrested militants as Nissar Ahmed Sheikh, Nishad Ahmed and Azad Hussain, and the over-ground worker (OGW) as Rustam. Searches are continuing for others, including Jahangir Saroori, the longest surviving militant in Chenab Valley.
The arrests were made nearly 10 days after militants locked Kishtwar PDP district president Sheikh Nasir and his family inside his house for the entire night on September 12-13 before decamping with an AK-47 rifle.
On November 1, last year, BJP state secretary Anil Parihar and his brother Ajit were shot dead by militants in Tapal Mohalla. Nearly four months later, militants snatched an AK-47 rifle from the personal security officer (PSO) of Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana. This was followed by the killing of RSS functionary Chanderkant Sharma and his PSO in April.
The killings, Singh said, were part of a conspiracy by Saroori in 2017-18 to revive militancy in Chenab Valley. Nissar Ahmed Sheikh, Zahid and Osama — also Hizbul terrorists — among others, were also part of the conspiracy, he said.
Rustam also joined them and on instructions of Nissar Sheikh and Osama, helped build hideouts in the houses of Nishad and Azad Hussain. Both hideouts have been busted and arms, ammunition and explosives have been recovered. An NIA team is also in Jammu and will take custody of one of the arrested militants allegedly involved in the killing of the BJP leader.