Days after the ‘Pulwama-like attack’ was averted on Wednesday in Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, the security forces have identified the alleged owner of the explosives-laden car that was intercepted by them.
Jammu and Kashmir Police have identified the owner of the car as Hidayatullah Malik, who is an active militant from south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Reportedly, he had joined Hizbul Mujahideen last year.
On Thursday, Vijay Kumar, IG Police Kashmir, had said that the security forces had received input that a militant is going to carry out the operation. “So, we suspected that Adil (occupant of the car carrying IED) – a Hizbul Mujahideen militant is also in touch with Jaish-e-Mohammed,” he said.
J&K Police identifies Hidayatullah Malik, owner of the explosives-laden car which was intercepted in #Pulwama. He is a resident of Shopian and joined Hizbul Mujahideen last year: Jammu and Kashmir Police pic.twitter.com/gNvAmok9WA
— ANI (@ANI) May 29, 2020
While talking to the media persons on Thursday, Vijay Kumar has also said that the terror-outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed had the main role in the operation and that the Hizbul Mujahideen assisted them.
There have been reports that the militants have been planning to attack India while the country is busy in a fight against coronavirus. However, the security forces are deployed and giving a befitting reply to such attempts.
Last year in Pulwama on February 14, an explosives-laden car was used by the militants after which as many as 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. After the Pulwama Attack, the Indian Air Force had carried air-strike in the Balakot sector destroying several terror launching pads.