A Major terror attack has been averted ahead of the Republic Day as Srinagar police apprehended five terror suspects in this connection and recovered a major haul of explosives from their possession.
The suspects were identified as Aijaz Ahmed Sheikh, Umar Hameed Sheikh, Imtiyaz Ahmed Chikla, Sahil Farooq Gojri and Naseer Ahmed Mir, all residents of Hazratbal.
Small arms, walkie talkies, a body vest strapped with bomb and ball bearings, including inter alia detonators, gelatin sticks and nitric acid bottles that go into the preparation of explosives were found from the alleged JeM terrorists.
Police stated that they were also responsible for two grenade attacks in Hazratbal area recently.
The terror plot became apparent when the Jammu and Kashmir government is in the process of revoking ristrictions in the valley, when the centre had scrapped the state's special status under Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories.
While the administration says that it is gradually restoring internet connectivity in the region, several opposition politicians placed under detention back then have already been released.
Previously, a Supreme Court bench headed by Justice NV Ramana stated that internet connectivity was a fundamental right of the people and instructed the concerned administration to reconsideration all restrictions that have been placed for over 160 days.
The SC bench, however, claimed that elements such as cross-border infiltration, terrorism and the law-and-order situation would make such a move imprudent. Today's arrests could augment the government's claim to keep some of the restrictions in place.