Police on Thursday said it averted a major attack ahead of Republic Day by smashing a module of Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit in Srinagar and arresting five of its operatives.
A huge cache of explosive material has been recovered from the five operatives. 'In a major success, the Srinagar Police busts Jaish module. Two grenade blasts in Hazratbal area worked out. Major attack averted ahead of Republic Day,' Jammu and Kashmir Police said in a tweet.
'Those arrested are Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh of Sadarbal Hazratbal, Umar Hameed Sheikh of Asaar Colony Hazratbal, Imtiyaz Ahmed Chikla @ Imran of Asaar Colony Hazaratbal, Sahil Farooq Gojri of Ellahibagh Soura and Naseer Ahmed Mir of Sadarbal Hazratbal,' it added.
Based on their disclosures searches were made in Srinagar city leading to huge recovery of incriminating material, including gelatine sticks, explosives, detonators, arms, explosive body vests, batteries, nitric acid, etc., police said.