Monday claimed to have unearthed a module that included some
government employees, Hurriyat cadres and separatist guerrillas
that had fomented stone-pelting in north Kashmir's Sopore town
during the summer unrest in the Kashmir Valley.
Muneer Ahmad Khan, deputy inspector general of police (North
Kashmir), said at a media conference at Sopore that police had
arrested a man named Firdous Ahmad Sheikh alias Firbal, a resident
of Jalalabad (Sopore).
During questioning, he had revealed the nexus between the
militants, particularly Qalimullah of the Harkatul Mujahideen
(HUM) and Abdullah Uni of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hurriyat cadres,
some government employees and the stone-pelters, Khan said.
"Subsequently, other arrests were made on his revelations. It was
also revealed during investigations that militants were planning
Fidayeen attacks on the security forces and police
establishments," the officer added.
"Arms and ammunition was recovered from the residence of one
Mohammad Amin Dar in (Sopore's) Badami Bagh. These included one
pistol, one pistol magazine, two Thurya satellite phones, one
grenade, one mobile phone, one AK-47 rifle, 10 AK-47 magazines, 32
AK rounds, one bayonet, two combat uniforms, 11 under barrel
grenade launcher (UBGL) shells and one UBGL," Khan said.
"One of the stone-pelters, Abdul Lateef Lone of (north Kashmir's)
Kupwara, working as an Imam of the Amargarh Jama Masjid (in Sopore),
was also arrested. During questioning, he has revealed that four
hundred rupees were being paid to every stone-pelter. He is
currently detained under PSA (Public Security Act)," the officer
The money which was being paid had been raised locally by the
cadres of the Hurriyat headed by Syed Ali Geelani, he added.
The officer said a government employee working for the local
education department, who has already been arrested, and the other
working for the food supplies departments, who is absconding,
worked in tandem with the guerrillas, Hurriyat cadres and the