The crackdown launched by Police and paramilitary CRPF on militant cadres of various outfits has led to arrest of at least 26 militant associates also known as Over Ground Workers (OGWs) from various parts of Kashmir since January this year.
Those arrested have been linked with Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Muhammad, a police official said.
He said they were held for supporting active militants with logistics, transportation, intelligence and carrying out militant activities in various parts of the valley.
Of the 26 arrested militant cadres, eight were arrested from Srinagar city followed by seven in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, six in south Kashmir’s Awantipora area, three in Budgam and two from Ganderbal district.
Most recently on February 7, police claimed to have arrested three cadres of JeM in Srinagar, who were involved in February 2 grenade attack at Partap Park, here in which two CRPF men and six civilians were injured.
Earlier on January 16, five JeM associates were arrested by forces from Srinagar for their alleged involvement in a grenade attacks at Habbak on January 8 and near Sir Syed Gate University of Kashmir Hazratbal on November26.
Police had said the group had planned sensational incidents like militant attack and causing Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in the city on January 26.
While seven militant cadres arrested on January 25 in Bandipora were linked with LeT and Hizb, police had said they were involved in providing logistic support and assistance to militants in the north Kashmir district.
According to Police, one Hizb militant associate arrested in Awantipora was assisting with logistical support and assistance in operating the active militants of the outfit in Gulsahanpora, Seer, Pasoona, Wagad, Larow, Lurgam, Mongahama and other areas of Tral.
Another militant cadre was involved in assisting LeT militants operating in the areas of Padgampora, Sonrigund, Gulzarpora, Beighpora, Reshipora and Dangerpora areas of Awantipora besides “threatening and intimidating civilians” residing in the area while four JeM cadres were providing logistic support and shelter to the JeM militants includingits top commander QariYasir who recently killed in an encounter at Awantipora, police said.
Similarly, a militant associate of LeT was arrested for his involvement in providing support to the outfit’s militants operating in Ganderbal district.
A police official said he had supplied multiple SIM cards to LeT militants and also provided help to a Pakistani militant, who was later killed in an encounter at Kullan Ganderbal.
Another OGW was arrested in Ganderbal for his involvement in assisting the LeT’s militants operating in the district.
An official said the OGW had provided helped a militant Nisar Dar and transported him away to Sumbal area after he had escaped from the encounter site at Kullan, Ganderbal.
Police said three Hizb OGWs arrested in Budgam were also involved in assisting outfit’s militants in operating in the areas of Budgam.
In January, a LeT militant hailing from Bandipora district was arrested from Srinagar city. He had been active in militancy since 2018.