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Security forces bust Hizbul Mujahideen module in Handwara, arrest four

According to police, Rashtriya Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Police caught Mehrajudin and Obaid Shafi, both residents of Awantipora in Pulwama district, at Chogal while moving in suspicious circumstances.

PTI, Srinagar [Updated:12 Jun 2017, 4:05 PM IST]

Acting on a tip off, the Army and police today busted a Hizbul Mujahideen module in Jammu and Kashmir's Handwara district, arresting two militants and two supporters.

According to police, Rashtriya Rifles and Jammu and Kashmir Police caught Mehrajudin and Obaid Shafi, both residents of Awantipora in Pulwama district, at Chogal while moving in suspicious circumstances. 

“The two were asked to stop but they tried to escape. When they were caught, arms and ammunition were recovered from them. They said they came to Handwara to get ammunition,” a police official sad. 

Preliminary investigations reveal these militants were members of a militant module who would recruit youths for militancy by radicalizing them over social media and coordinate their training and supply of arms and ammunition.

"Cyber surveillance unit of J&K Police also tracked their social media network accounts and found some incriminating material. They were misusing web-chats to hatch and execute terrorist conspiracies," the official added.

On the disclosure of these two militants, two more members of the module working as OGWs were arrested from Awantipora. They were identified as Shahid Ahmad Thoker and Irfan Ahmad, both residents of Awantipora.

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