The police today claimed to have cracked the suicide attack case on a CRPF camp here with the arrest of four persons,including an LeT militant from Pakistan,and recovered huge cache of arms,but said investigations did not prove that the attack was linked to execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
“We have completed the investigations into the attack and cracked the case,” Inspector General of Police (IGP),Kashmir,Abdul Gani Mir told reporters here.
A former militant,Mukhtar Shah,was the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the attack for providing logistical support to the fidayeens who stormed a CRPF camp in Bemina in central Srinagar on March 13,killing five jawans,the IGP said.
Investigations had not proved that the attack was a revenge attack for the execution of Guru,who was hanged in Tihar jail on February 9,he said.
“Investigations have not proved that this was a revenge attack,” he said.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered,he said. “Two AK 47s (with eight magazines),240 AK rounds,one UBGL,40 rifle grenades,40 hand grenades,two pouches,two anti-tank mines,12 RC’s,one map,two light bags,three GPS devices,two compasses,two wireless sets,two time bombs (charge,timer and detonators),pencil cell batteries and a transparent poly – pack containing ‘Made in Pakistan’ medicines and ointment,have been recovered,” he said.
“The investigations have been completed in the best manner and minimum possible time. We have made four arrests related to the case,” he said.
“One Pakistani national Mohammad Zubair alias Talha Zaraar of Multan who belongs to LeT was arrested from Chattabal area of Srinagar and was the facilitator and controller of the two fidayeens (suicide militants),” Mir said.
Two former militants,Bashir Ahmad Mir and Mukhtar Shah,who provided logistical support to the attackers,have also been arrested,he said,adding,another person Pradeep Singh,a contractual government employee has also been arrested.
“Bashir was an ex-militant who was first arrested in 1992 and then again under POTA in 2002 and was released in 2008. Some released militants get recycled and Bashir was one of them,” he said.
Identifying the two attackers as Saif of Dera Ghazi Khan and Haider of Multan (both in Pakistan),the IGP said the attackers were directed by LeT commander Ahmad Bhai and logistics chief Anas Bilal to carry out the attacks.
“The duo (Saif and Haider) were instructed by their commanders based across the LoC to choose a target which would inflict maximum damage… that is why they chose Bemina,” he said.
Their prime target was “the disruption of normal life,” Mir said.
Zubair had entered the Valley in the first week of January this year,while Saif and Haider had come in mid February and did a recce of the area before the attack,he said.
“Only three militants had infiltrated into the Valley and this module was for this (Bemina) attack only,” he said.
The IGP said the situation in Kashmir valley is “getting better” but police is alert and able to take care of incidents like Bemina attack.
“The situation is getting better… but you know the intentions of LeT… we are completely alert and able to handle any such situation,” he said.
During the investigation,arms and ammunition in huge quantity have been recovered upon disclosures made by the arrested militants,he said.