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In Major Crackdown, Over 900 Over-Ground Workers of LeT, TRF Held in Kashmir After Attacks on Civilians

By: Manoj Gupta

Edited By: Debalina Dey

CNN-News18

Last Updated: October 11, 2021, 08:19 IST

New Delhi

Security personnel arrive at Government Boys Higher Secondary School after militants shot dead two teachers, at Eidgah Sangam area of Srinagar, on October 7, 2021. (PTI Photo/S Irfan)

Security personnel arrive at Government Boys Higher Secondary School after militants shot dead two teachers, at Eidgah Sangam area of Srinagar, on October 7, 2021. (PTI Photo/S Irfan)

All detainees are under joint interrogation of different investigating agencies, which are trying to understand the working model behind the targeted assassinations.

In a major crackdown on Sunday, more than 900 over-ground workers (OGWs) of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Al-Badr and The Resistance Front (TRF) were taken under detention in Kashmir. All of them were picked up by Jammu and Kashmir Police, sources told CNN-News18.

Sources told News18 that these 900 persons are now under detention with the NIA and J&K police. The list of their names was given by different agencies.

This crackdown, sources, added, is different from the investigations in target killings. The crackdown was important because agencies want to understand the support structure to terror groups across border, they said.

This comes after a spate of militant attacks on minority civilians in Kashmir, and sources are claiming this to be the biggest ever crackdown in the Valley. Sources further said that all the detainees are under joint interrogation of different investigating agencies, which are trying to understand and correlate the working model behind the targeted killings of minorities.

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All of these people are are from LET, JEM and Al Badar and the same over ground worker is in touch with all groups.

Sources pointed out that his crackdown would completely destroy this support structure. “We will crackdown these killers soon,” an official told News18 on the condition of anonymity.

OGWs are those who provide logistics support to militants. Sources in the Valley had earlier told CNN-News18 that over-ground workers of the TRF, which is believed to be a front for Pakistan-based militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, recently converted to main cadres to carry out targeted killings.

The TRF also claimed responsibility for the deaths of prominent Kashmiri Pandit businessman Makhan Lal Bindroo and two other civilians. Bindroo (68), the owner of Bindroo Medicate, was shot at by assailants at 7pm earlier this week from point-blank range while he was at his pharmacy, dispensing medicines, police said, adding that he was declared dead at the hospital.

A few minutes after the killing of Bindroo, militants gunned down a roadside vendor identified as Virendra Paswan, a resident of Bhagalpur in Bihar, who used to earn his livelihood by selling ‘golgappa’ and ‘bhelpuri’. Almost simultaneously, militants shot dead Mohammad Shafi Lone, president of the local taxi stand, at Naidkhai in Bandipora district of north Kashmir.

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On September 30, militants had shot at and killed two teachers of a government school in Srinagar, both members of the region’s minority Sikh and Hindu communities. The two teachers were identified as Supinder Kour, 46, a resident of Budgam, and Deepak Chand, 39, from Janipur in Jammu. They were both inside the campus of Government Boys Higher Secondary School Sangam of Eidgah in Srinagar when the incident took place.

In the last of September itself, seven civilians were killed in Kashmir, three of them from the Hindu and Sikh communities in targeted assassinations. “We can see a shift in violence patterns. They want to give a very specific message that non-Muslims and minorities will not be accepted. These terror groups have a problem with the new domicile act and new electoral process. These targets are very soft. They are those who are working in the society and for Kashmir,” a source had earlier told News18.

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first published:October 10, 2021, 19:52 IST
last updated:October 11, 2021, 08:19 IST