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Man who hosted CRPF camp attackers held in Baramulla

Mir was picked up hours after the shootout at the CRPF camp.

J&K Police Saturday got their hands on Pradeep Singh,a 29-year-old sanitary inspector in the health department who had hosted the fidayeen militants who killed five CPRF personnel in Wednesday’s attack in Bemina.

The Indian Express reported on Saturday that police were looking for Singh after he was named by Bashir Ahmad Mir,an ex-militant who allegedly helped the attackers cross the Line of Control in Uri. Mir was picked up hours after the shootout at the CRPF camp.

Singh,who is now posted in Tangmarg,was handed over to police by relatives in his native Baramulla on Saturday morning. He was taken to Srinagar and was being interrogated at the J&K Police Special Operations Group (SOG) headquarters. Police had raided Singh’s home in Kanispora in Baramulla town twice on Friday.

Sources said Singh had been arrested in a case of money laundering 10 years ago,and a case was registered against him at Gandhi Nagar police station in Jammu.

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Singh,who knew Mir — a former militant from Uri who surrendered in 1993 and who was then allegedly cultivated as an asset by several security agencies — is believed to have hosted the two Pakistani militants at Tangmarg and then,along with Mir,helped them enter Srinagar city to carry out the attack.

Sources said Singh drove the vehicle in which the militants came to Srinagar.

Soon after the attack,on Wednesday afternoon,Mir had allegedly taken a third Pakistani militant,Riyaz alias Abu Talha,to the home of his brother in Srinagar’s Chattabal locality,introducing the militant as his friend from Jammu.

Riyaz,who had inflitrated into the Valley along with the two militants who were killed in the Bemina attack,was picked up on Thursday.