The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Pakistan’s ISI engineered the May 2 car bomb explosion in Udhampur district, Jammu and Kashmir Police said today after arresting a government officer on charges of conspiracy and detaining several others. A sleeper cell of LeT headed by Ghulam Sarwar of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, who is at large, on the direction of its mentors in Inter Service Intelligence had executed the car bomb explosion at Udhampur to target a top army officer, they said.
Commandant of Military Hospital, Major General D S Pathania escaped narrowly in the blast on Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Bremi bridge in Udhampur district in which a milk vendor was killed and 10 others were injured. “We have cracked the case of the car bomb blast. One PoK militant of LeT was involved in the blast along with some Over Ground Workers (OGWs). He is at large,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Zone, Dilbagh Singh told reporters. “The LeT had engineered the blast on the directions of its cross-border mentors in ISI through its sleeper cell to keep the pot of militancy boiling in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Singh said that Special Investigation Team (SIT), which has been constituted, is working hard to track down the main accused Sarwar. “LeT OGW and state government’s agriculture extension officer Abdul Majid has been arrested in the conspiracy of the blast and several others including the local wife of Sarwar have been detained,” the IGP, who was flanked by DIG, Udhampur-Reasi Range, Jagjit Kumar and SSP, Udhampur, Surinder Gupta said.
The Maruti car used in the blast was purchased from New Delhi in the name of Majid at a cost of Rs 27,000, laden with explosives in Jammu and later blown up through a remote control in Udhampur, he said. The remote control was also recovered from his Tata Sumo vehicle at Sidhra in Jammu. The militant was operating as a sleeper cell in Jammu city since 2008 when he came via Bangladesh to Delhi and then to Jammu.
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