Bemina attack has no link with Afzal hanging

Bemina attack has no link with Afzal hanging

Case cracked

Bemina attack has no link with Afzal hanging

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Police on Tuesday claimed to have cracked the Bemina attack case in which five CRPF personnel and two militants were killed and said investigations did not reveal any links to Afzal Guru’s execution.

Kashmir Inspector General of Police Abdul Gani Mir said: “Investigations so far have revealed that the attack was carried out by two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants.

Saif, a resident of Dera Ghazi Khan, and Haider, a resident of Multan (Pakistan), carried out the attacks at the behest of their commander Ahmad Bhai and logistics chief Anas Bilal who are based across the Line of Control.The duo had been facilitated, handled and controlled by Pakistani commander Mohammad Zubair alias Talha Zaraar, Multan, and a local co-commander Bashir Ahmad Mir alias Haroon, Baramulla.”

Both Saif and Haider were killed in retaliatory action by the CRPF, while Bashir, Talha, Pradeep Singh and Mukhtar Ahmad Shah were arrested later and are currently on police remand.

“Investigations have not proved that this was a revenge attack,” the IGP said. Preliminary investigations have revealed that while Talha had come to the Valley in the first week of January, the two terrorists, Saif and Haider had infiltrated in mid-February.

“As revealed by the militants, CRPF personnel in close proximity to youngsters playing cricket were purposefully chosen as a target since that would allow them to inflict maximum damages and had the potential to lead to civilian causalities as well,” Mir said.

The police have seized arms and ammunition in huge quantity upon disclosures. These include two AK-47 rifles, eight magazines, 240 AK rounds,one UBGL, 40 rifle grenades, 40 hand grenades, two anti-tank mines, three GPS devices, two wireless sets, two time bombs and a transparent poly pack containing “made in Pakistan” medicines and ointments.