Three OGW arrested in Kashmir

Police have arrested three suspected collaborators of a dreaded militant, who is allegedly involved in the killing of 25 civilians at Ganderbal area in the Kashmir Valley.

Acting on a specific input, the Ganderbal police arrested on Thursday the three suspected Over Ground Workers (OGWs), who had allegedly provided SIM cards and logistic support to the militant, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan.

Police said the arrested were identified as Gulzar Ahmad Khatana, Mohammad Shafi Banya and Abdul Khaliq–all residents of Wurpash, Ganderbal.

One mobile set and few SIM cards were recovered from their possession.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir government has raised an anti-riot battalion to control mobs, involved in stone pelting.

At least 112 people have so far died in the valley in clashes between stone-throwing violent mobs and security forces.

A mock drill with the new force was carried out at a police training camp at Baramulla in presence of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah .

“Perhaps this is the only force in the country which faces stones when it is equipped with guns and and faces bullets when it is given lathis and shields. We have trained them for both situations,” the CM said after watching the personnel in smart attire.

The new force is expected to use minimum force while tackling violent mobs, which often hurl stones in public places to disrupt life.