Chandigarh: The Punjab Police on Monday solved the Maqsudan Police Station hand-grenade blasts case of September 14 with the arrest of two college students associated with Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), a Kashmir-based terrorist outfit. (Also read: Delhi Police Cracks Triple Murder, Teen Killed Family to Teach Them Lesson) Also Read - Gurugram Police Arrests Man for Committing 3 Murders in 3 Consecutive Nights
The outfit is headed by Zakir Rashid Bhat aka Zakir Mussa who masterminded and guided the attacks involving Shahid Qayoom (22) and Fazil Bashir (23), students of ST Soldier College of Engineering and Technology, Jalandhar. Four persons were involved in carrying out the hand-grenade blasts in the police station. They were Shahid, Fazil, Mir Ravoof Ahmed aka Rouf, and Mir Umar Ramzan aka Gazi. While Shahid and Fazil were pursuing B-Tech (Civil) 7th semester, the other two, who are still absconding, were trained AGH terrorist operatives who flew from Srinagar to Chandigarh on September 13, with the sole purpose of carrying out these attacks. Also Read - Parkash Singh Badal, Former Punjab Chief Minister, Returns Padma Vibhushan Award over Farmers' Protest
Investigations have revealed that AGH’s recruiter Amir, of Dada Sara Tral in Kashmir, had contacted both the students when they were in Kashmir. He reportedly radicalized the students and also exhorted them to work for AGH. Shahid and Fazil were in contact with the AGH leaders over different chat applications after reaching Chandigarh, Rouf and Gazi travelled to Jalandhar by bus where they met Shahid and Fazil around Maqsudan Chowk, located near Police Station Maqsudan’. Shahid and Fazil took them to their friend’s PG in Surat Nagar, Maqsudan. Both Rouf and Gazi, along with Shahid and Fazil, carried out the recce of Police Station Maqsudan and others on September 13. Also Read - Punjab CM Had Several Chances to Stop Farm Bill But He Didn't Do So: Delhi CM Kejriwal
According to the DGP press release, the operatives earlier contemplated throwing grenades at CRPF and ITBP Camps located near Bidhipur Railway crossing, and had conducted a recce of CRPF Campus also. Shahid had borrowed a bike from one of his friends to facilitate the reconnaissance operation.
On September 14, at around 4.30 PM, the four conspirators took the grenades and left for the Police Station at around 5.30 pm. They sported face masks to avoid detection. They decided to meet at Jalandhar Bus stand after throwing the grenades at the Police Station.
Around 7.40 PM, they hurled four grenades at the police station and fled from the spot. After the blasts, Rouf, Gaji and Fazil reached the bus stand via DAV College, Patel Chowk, route while Shahid reached there by taking Jalandhar Byepass route. A little later, Rouf and Gazi boarded a bus for J&K from Jammu Counter and fled Jalandhar city.
Faizal Bashir was arrested by Punjab Police from Awantipora in Kashmir on November 3 and Shahid Qayoom was arrested from Jalandhar on November 4. An FIR stands registered against them in PS Div.no. 1, Jalandhar Commissionerate.
He added that investigations were in progress and the Punjab Police was working closely with J&K Police and intelligence agencies to arrest the remaining Kashmiri terrorists and to unearthed the entire conspiracy and network built by these outfits/individuals in Punjab and J&K.
Expressing concern over targetting of police stations and police officers in Punjab, the DGP appealed to the student community in the State not to fall a prey to the designs of militant elements and anti-national forces, which were out to disturb the peace and communal harmony in the border state of Punjab