Jammu and Kashmir Police on Sunday said three people, alleged conspirators in the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).
The men provided logistical help to four Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who carried out the attack that left eight people dead, IGP Munir Khan told the media in Anatnag.
The men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them with vehicles and shelter, were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning, the police said.
The police said the four LeT militants, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements.
Another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis.
The police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.
The the three “co-conspirators”—Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed—had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.
The trio had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said.
Bilal’s elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims.
Eight people were killed when the militants fired at a bus carrying the pilgrims, returning from their Amarnath yatra.
Here the highlights of the press conference:
#There were two targets, unfortunately, it was the Yatri vehicle that day.
#Our aim was to neutralise these militants and know how this attack happened
#Investigation is complete and we know who is involved. Now remains the other part to get after these militants and neutralise them in coming days.
#The three guys arrested provided the logistic support, vehicle and motorcycle, to Reiki the area
#Accused arrested and produced in the court
#Code for CRPF vehicle was Bilal; Code for Yatri vehicle was Showkat
#Ismail, Mavya, Furqan and Yawar ( local) carried the attack
#The attack was initially planned for July 9th, but that day there was no movement of CRPF or yatri vehicle in isolation: IGP Kashmir
#Happy to tell you that 3 accused persons have been arrested & they have completely revealed everything: IGP Kashmir
#2 Lashkar militants were eliminated a few days ago, their involvement in this particular case is still being investigated: IGP Kashmir
#Ismail, a Pak militant of Lashkar along with 2 other Pak militants and a local Kashmiri Lashkar militant carried out attack: IGP Kashmir
#Lashkar was involved, and accused were identified: IGP Kashmir Munir Khan on Amarnath attack