Police busts rifle snatching group; arrests 26 youth from Kashmir

Srinagar, September 18: Police in Pulwama District of South Kashmir have arrested 23 young boys who run a ‘snatch rifles’ group and were deployed at various government, semi-government and security installations to snatch rifles from government forces personnel.

As reported in a local news portal, security agencies have arrested three youth before with sharp edged weapons who were allegedly on a mission to attack a policeman, deployed outside a Semi-Government Building. After interrogating those three boys, they confessed that they are a part of a group of 26 persons who manufacture sharp-edged weapons and use them to snatch service rifles from the government forces personnel in the district.

The arrested told security agencies that all of them hail from Karimabad hamlet of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. On getting complete information of the other 23 persons of that group, Security Agencies swung into action and arrested all of them out of which few were government employees.

As per police, all the 26 arrested have no militant background. The arrested in their statement have confessed that after snatching enough rifles from the government forces personnel they wanted to join the terror group Hizbul Mujahideen.

Although the arrested youth have confessed their crime but the family members of some of them refuted the police claims and said that they are innocent and have nothing to do with militancy.

“Police should thoroughly investigate the matter and should release those who are found innocent,” said the father of an arrested youth.

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