Srinagar, November 13: The surrender of two militant commanders of the dreaded terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba has proved to be a major setback to the group.
As per media reports, these militants were newly recruited upper ground militants and surrendered before the police in Harwan a few days ago. Both the militants belonged to New Theed Harwan surrendered during the massive search operations launched in that area by the security forces deputed in Kashmir.
According to sources, a number of Lashkar-e-Toiba militants are active in upper Harwan and Dachigam forests. These militants not only conduct terror activities in the area but also convince local youth to join militant ranks.
The police have identified the surrendered militants as Irshad Ahmad Ahangar son of Abdul Rehman Ahangar and Manzoor Ahmad Bhat son of Late Abdul Ahad Bhat. Both the militants are reported to be in their twenties. During interrogation, both the boys admitted that they had joined the terror outfit this year only and were roaming in Dachigam forests during these days. However, no arms or any adverse material was recovered from their possession.
“Parents of the duo who surrendered had filed a missing report in police station Harwan. It has been almost one month since missing report was filed. One of the militants yielded a month back while another appeared before the police on 9th of this month,” sources said.
The duo also exposed some other young boys of their town who have joined militant outfit recently. They also revealed that there is a number of militants in Dachigam and New Theed areas that ensure safe passage for militants to reach Awantipora and Pattan, the hub of militancy.
Earlier, it was believed that there are almost no militants active in the Srinagar City but after interrogating the surrendered youth, the city has been put into the list of ‘red zone’ areas.
“Both of the youth are presently blocked at Special Operation Group headquarters and investigations are on to bust their recent hiding place,” claimed the security officials.
The police claims of conducting intensified search operations in the area but no breakthrough was made. Militants who were hiding in bushy forests might have been informed about the operations beforehand,” police sources said.
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