New Delhi: Just a few days ahead of the Republic Day celebrations at the national capital and the rest parts of the country, a major terror attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammed group has been averted by the Srinagar Police in Srinagar. The Jammu and Kashmir Police in a statement said that the two terrorists have been arrested in this regard.

“Srinagar Police has busted Jaish-e-Mohammad terror module, averted major terror attack planned on January 26 and worked out 2 earlier grenade attacks. Two terrorists have been arrested,” Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Thursday.

As per media updates, the police have arrested five suspects and recovered a major haul of explosives from their possession after arresting them. As per reports, the suspects were identified as Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh, Umar Hameed Sheikh, Imtiyaz Ahmed Chikla, Sahil Farooq Gojri and Naseer Ahmed Mir. All these suspects are the residents of Hazratbal.

As per updates from DIG (central Kashmir) D Virdi, these five men were planning to carry out a terror attack in Srinagar.

“The group was planning to carry out a big terror attack,” Virdi said, adding, “All the arrested men belong to Srinagar.”

As per the police updates, the five suspected men were also involved in a couple of grenade attacks in Srinagar.

Prior to this, a grenade blast on January 8 took place at Hubbak Crossing while a second grenade blast happened near Sir Syed Gate of Kashmir University on November 2019. Their involvement was found in both the cases, the police said.

“Initial investigations revealed that a group was involved in enforcing a shutdown in Srinagar,” the DGP said.

Further searches were made in Srinagar after getting updates from the arrested men and it led to the recovery of arms and ammunition including gelatin sticks, explosives, detonators, arms, explosive body vests, batteries and nitric acid.