Two youths, including a teenager, were admitted to the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) operation last month in the Pattan area of Baramulla in north Kashmir, police said on Saturday. The security forces have seized small arms from the two, which have been tasked with targeting vulnerable targets such as members of the Panchayat Raj organization and the minority community, police said.
Irshad Ahmad Mir (23) and Zahid Bashir (18), residents of Nehalpora town, were trapped in a joint operation of the police and the army on Friday evening, officials said.
“On June 10, 2022, specific intelligence was received regarding the movement of these two terrorists in the general area of Ghat Palhallan, and accordingly, Baramulla police and the Army’s 29 RR joint teams managed to ambush and arrest them in the evening hours,” a police spokesman said.
The officer said that after the disappearance of Irshad Mir on May 9, the investigation revealed that he had joined the militant ranks through the LET module. Zahid Bashir, then a descendant of the Nehlpora of Pattan, who was lost on May 20.
“Investigations into the case have revealed that the youths have joined the banned terrorist organization LET,” a spokesman said.
The official said both militants have been deployed in the general area of Patan to target soft targets, members of the Panchayat Raj and minority communities.
“Two Chinese pistols and three magazines with 18 live rounds were seized from them,” the spokesman said.
Police have registered a case against them.