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Police arrest 3 militants in connection with Pratap Park grenade attack case
One of arrested persons is nephew of former PDP MLA
2/7/2020 10:00:55 PM
Jehangir Rashid
early Times Reort

SRINAGAR, Feb 7: The Jammu and Kashmir Police today claimed to have solved the recent grenade attack case of Pratap Park at Lal Chowk by arresting three members of banned militant outfit Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM).
Addressing a press conference here, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar Dr. Haseeb Mughal said that it took the police just four days to bust the module that was involved in the grenade throwing incident at Pratap Park. One of the arrested persons is nephew of former PDP MLA Mohammad Khalid Bandh.
“We arrested one Shakeel Ahmed Bandh, who is the nephew of former PDP legislator Muhammad Khalil Bandh. Shakeel was staying with Bandh at his official residence at Tulsi Bagh Srinagar for the past three years,” said the SSP.
He identified the other two arrested persons as Naveed-ul-Lateef and Shamshad Manzoor. Naveed was staying at Rajbagh as he was pursuing NEET. Both he and Shamshad are from Pulwama district.
The SSP said that Naveed was influenced by Shakeel so was his friend Shamshad. “On the directions of Shakeel, Naveed and Shamshad agreed to lob a grenade and decided to go for a toss. Naveed won the toss and lobbed grenade at Pratap Park in which seven civilians and a two CRPF men got injured.”
The SSP said that the trio was watching JeM chief Azhar Masood’s provocative speeches. “They were using internet through VPNs,” he said. Both had done the recee of the area earlier and waited for the time when CRPF men were having lunch.
“We investigated the case after registering an FIR and started jointly probe along with the CRPF. Many raids were carried and CCTV camera help was also sought to nab the attackers,” he said. The SSP said that during investigations it was learnt that trio had been behind the incident.
“They had established their links with the militants across the LoC in Pakistan using the internet and VPN. On the direction of a Pakistani militant Shaheen, they were extending the militant networks in Kashmir,” the SSP said. He said that Shakeel was in touch with Pakistani militant Shaheen and sought the assistance of locals---Naveed and Shamshad for carrying out an attack in Srinagar.
“The trio conspired to carry out attack in Srinagar and obtained grenades from a local militant associate in Srinagar. As planned, on February 2, they lobbed a grenade at Pratap Park,” he said.
“The purpose of the attack was to disrupt the normal life activities in Lal Chowk.” The arrest of trio, SSP said has given a major jolt to JeM.
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