In the latest, the Central Intelligence Agencies have identified four terrorists belonging to the terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, who are planning to target political leaders and disrupt Lok Sabha elections in Jammu and Kashmir, reports DNA.
The agencies have passed on the information to security forces and directed them to make efforts to trace and arrest them.
The four terrorists have been identified as Zahid Hussain, Haroon Abbas Wani, Osama Bin Javed, and Naveed Shah.
Naveed Shah is a former constable of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The Daily Pioneer has reported that the Jaish terrorists are planning to target a prominent VHP leader and a BJP MLA in the Kishtwar district.
Meanwhile, Intelligence agencies have also shared locations of these terrorists’ hideouts. “They were reportedly last seen at Banjwar and Paribagh areas of Kishtwar district,” intel agencies said in a communication to local police, Indian Army and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). All four terrorists have logistic support from locals and they are armed.
The agencies confirmed that these four were instrumental in the killing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leader Chandrakant Sharma, who was the Sah Prant Sewa Pramukh of RSS and his Personal Security Officer Rajinder Kumar. These terrorists had shot Sharma and his PSO inside the district hospital in Kishtwar on April 9.
The terrorists had barged into the Kishtwar District Hospital where Sharma worked and had fired at him. Sharma was gravely injured at this attack. The terrorists also snatched the weapon from the PSO. This ensured a scuffle, and PSO of Jammu and Kashmir Police Rajendra Kumar was shot dead on the spot. Chandrakant Sharma was immediately airlifted to Government Medical College in Jammu for better treatment after the attack but he had succumbed to his injuries.
Following inputs extracted from a tanzeem- a small terrorist group, the Central Intelligence agencies stated that the terrorists have been assigned to target political leaders in the valley and “create unrest”. It has also been stated that another group of JeM terrorists has been given targets to carry out attacks on security forces.
The same terrorist organisation had taken the responsibility of the dastardly Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, which was one of the biggest attacks in Kashmir in a decade and had claimed the lives of 40 CRPF soldiers. According to the latest reports the security forces have eliminated all Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorists who were involved in the Pulwama attack. The report states, of the 66 terrorists killed in J&K this year, 27 belonged to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).