Perfume bottle IED recovered, government school teacher with LeT links arrested for recent blasts in Jammu and Kashmir: J&K Police chief
Police in Jammu and Kashmir have arrested a government school teacher for alleged links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and carrying out multiple bomb blasts in the Union Territory at the behest of proscribed terrorist outfit.
In a statement, Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh said that the accused, identified as Arif, a resident of Reasi district, orchestrated multiple blasts, including one in a bus carrying Vaishno Devi pilgrims that left four people dead and 24 injured in May last year.
DGP Singh said that Arif was arrested following leads uncovered in the investigation of the recent twin blasts in Narwal area of Jammu, adding that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted inside a perfume bottle was recovered from his possession.
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The police chief said this was the first time such type of IED was recovered in the region. Giving details, Singh said the IED implanted inside the perfume bottle will explode if anyone tried to open or press it, adding that a special team of the J&K Police’s Bomb Disposal Squad has been tasked to diffuse such items.
Singh said that Arif was reportedly working at the behest of his Pakistani handler, Qasim, for three years and after interrogation, admitted to his involvement in the Vaishno Devi bus bomb blast.
Arif also accepted his role in carrying out an IED blast Jammu’s Shastri Nagar area in February 2022 and the twin explosions at Narwal on January 21 that left nine people injured.
He further revealed that the accused got hold of three IEDs from across the border, towards the end of December last year, adding that further investigation is ongoing.
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