M S Nazki
A Pakistani militant prisoner was killed and a policeman injured in a firing incident at Toph village near International Border in Arnia area in Jammu, police said on Wednesday.
“A Police constable and a Pakistani (militant) Mohammad Ali Hussain alias Qasim/Jehangir R/O Pakistan, Commander of LeT, operating from jail, were injured during a weapon recovery operation by the Police in Arnia sector near the International Birder at Toph village,” police said in a tweet.
“Both were shifted to the hospital for treatment where the injured terrorist succumbed.”
In a statement later, police said that a case (FIR no. 12/2022) dated 24.02.2022 stands lodged in police station Arnia regarding drone dropping of weapons from Pakistan. “One accused of Jammu made revelations that a Pakistani prisoner/handler by the name of Mohammad Ali Hussain alias Qasim/Jehangir of Pakistan, has been instrumental in drone droppings and is the main operative of LeT and Al Badr,” the police said in the statement to GNS, adding, “He was brought before the Court on production from Jail and subsequently police remand was taken.”
During sustained questioning, it said, “the accused admitted his role in the Arnia Weapon Drop case and also disclosed 2 locations where the arms and ammunition dropped by drone had been buried/concealed.”
“In order to recover the weapons, a police team along with concerned magistrate went to the spot one after the other,” the police said, adding, “Though no recovery was made at the first place but at the second place namely Toph village (near International Border) in Phallian Mandal area a packet of Arms, ammunitions and explosives was recovered.”
When the packet was being opened, the police claimed that accused attacked one of the Police officials and snatched his service rifle.
“He fired at the Police party and tried to flee from the spot,” it said, adding, “In retaliation the accused got injured and was shifted to GMC Jammu along with injured Police official.” Mohammad Ali Hussain later succumbed to his injuries, the police said.
“The dropped packet is being scrutinized with the help of Bomb disposal squad. Further details follow.”