Police on Friday claimed to have arrested the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant who “carried out” the attack on the cavalcade of Works Minister Naeem Akhtar in Tral last month, he was arrested from Pulwama district.
In a statement, issued today, police said that Gulzar Ahmad Dar, a JeM militant, was arrested last night in a joint operation by police, 42 RR and 180 Bn CRPF in Naristan village of Tral.
“A Chinese pistol, a magazine and some rounds were recovered from the possession of the arrested militant,” a police officer said.
“Just after lobbing the grenade, he went underground and joined JeM,” said the statement.
“Gulzar Ahmad joined the JeM outfit on 21 September after hurling a grenade upon the motorcade of R&B Minister (Naeem Akhtar) at Bus Stand Tral in which three civilians got killed and another 30 persons, including seven CRPF and two police personnel, got injured,” it said.
During sustained interrogation, the statement added, Gulzar Ahmad admitted that he hurled the grenade on the instructions of JeM commander Mufti Vikas.