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Jammu and Kashmir Police has busted a sleeper cell module in South Kashmir's Pulwama district and arrested five active terrorist associates of proscribed terror outfit of LeT, officials said on Saturday.

Police said during the investigation of cases pertaining to multiple grenade attacks in district Pulwama, police busted a network of active associates of proscribed terrorist outfit LeT by arresting five active terrorist associates.

They have been identified as Showket Islam Dar, Aijaz Ahmad Lone, Aijaz Gulzar Lone, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat and Nasser Ahmad Shah, all residents of Lelhar Pulwama.

"Preliminary investigation revealed that the module was acting as sleeper cell and was involved in procurement as well as transportation of arms/ammunition. They were also involved in carrying out grenade attacks on security forces at the behest of their handlers," police said.

Incriminating materials including arms/ammunition have been recovered from their possession.

A case under relevant sections of law has been registered by the police. Further investigation into the matter is in progress.

HM District Commander Killed In Kulgam encounter

On the other hand, Jammu and Kashmir Police informed that newly appointed District Commander of proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Mudasir Wagay was killed in Kulgam encounter on Saturday.

Officials said, acting on a specific input regarding presence of terrorists in Ashmuji area of district Kulgam, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, army's 9 RR and 18Bn CRPF.

During the operation, as the presence of terrorists was ascertained, they were given ample opportunities to surrender, instead they started firing indiscriminately on the search parties. The joint parties ensuring safety of civilians rescued and shifted all the civilians to safer places. The fire was retaliated leading to an encounter.

"In the ensuing encounter, newly appointed district commander of proscribed terror outfit HM was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of encounter. He has been identified as Mudasir Wagay, son of Jamal Wagay and resident of Malwan Kulgam," police said.

Police said as per its records, killed terrorist Mudasir was an A plus categorized terrorist and was active since 2018 figuring among the list of most wanted terrorists.

"He was part of groups involved in several terror crimes including attack on security forces and civilian atrocities. He was also involved in killing of a political worker Gh Hassan Lone in Devsar area of Kulgam," police said.

The Insas rifle recovered from the killed terrorist is the same which was snatched by terrorists in year 2017 at Pombay DH Pora during an attack on bank vehicle.

Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including said Insas rifle were recovered from the site of encounter. All the recovered materials have been taken into case records for further investigation. Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law and investigations have been initiated.
 

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