Major breakthrough: OGW arrested in J&K pilgrim bus attack

| Updated: 19 June, 2024 9:02 pm IST

SRINAGAR: An accomplice (OGW) has been apprehended for facilitating terrorists who assaulted a bus transporting pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district.

The arrest in Rajouri marks a significant breakthrough in the investigation, occurring approximately 10 days after the incident. Reasi’s Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohita Sharma, disclosed that the individual, Hakam, aged 45, was detained for aiding the terrorists in carrying out the attack.

“In addition to providing provisions and shelter, the suspect also served as a guide, assisting them to reach the site of the incident,” she stated. “Further interrogation and investigation are ongoing,” she added.

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The attack on June 9, targeting a bus ferrying pilgrims to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, resulted in the deaths of nine individuals and injuries to 41 others when the bus plunged into a deep gorge following gunfire from terrorists. The pilgrims primarily hailed from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.

Approximately 50 individuals have been apprehended in connection with the investigation into the attack. The Union Home Ministry has transferred the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Earlier, the J&K police released a sketch of a suspect and announced a reward of Rs 20 lakh for information on those involved. Sources indicated that the three Pakistani terrorists allegedly implicated in the attack were members of the same group that targeted an Indian Air Force (IAF) convoy in Poonch on May 4.

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The three terrorists are purportedly trained in jungle warfare, equipped with US-made M4 carbines, and adept at surviving in natural caves for extended periods.

Initially, The Resistance Front (TRF), an offshoot of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, claimed responsibility for the attack, although it later retracted its statement.

On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah chaired a high-level meeting in Delhi to review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir following recent terror incidents. He also assessed preparations for this year’s Amarnath Yatra.

For the Jammu division, which has witnessed a surge in terror attacks, Shah instructed security agencies to replicate the successful “area domination plan” and “zero terror plan” implemented in the Kashmir valley.

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