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Five alleged Overground Workers (OGWs) of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) were arrested from Pulwama as police today claimed to have busted a module responsible for looting nearly Rs 14 lakh from a bank in Budgam district of central Kashmir early this week.
However, the mastermind behind the robbery - a local militant and his two foreign associates - are still at large and efforts are on to nab them and recover the stolen money, a police spokesman said.
On November 21, a group of unidentified gunmen barged into Malpora Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank in Chrar-i- Sharief area of Budgam and decamped with about Rs 14 lakh.
"Based upon specific leads about the incident, police zeroed in on one Mohammad Iqbal Wani of Chewa Kalan in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. His arrest and disclosures led to arrest of two more persons - Farooq Ahmad Bhat and Tanvir Alam Wani, also residents of Chewa Kalan," he said.
"During questioning, it was found that the trio ran an OGW module of Lashkar-e-Toiba terror outfit. They revealed that conspiracy of robbing the Malpora branch was hatched and masterminded by one Arif Dar alias Abu Haibat-ul-lah of Lelhar Kakapora, who is an active local terrorist of LeT outfit, along with two other terrorists of foreign origin, identified by their codes, Abu Ali and Abu Ismail," the spokesman said.
He said they provided all the support for facilitating the dacoity, including transportation, logistics and conducting of recce.
"The group also used the services of Tanvir Bhat and Raqeeb Rather, also residents of Chewa Kalan, who were also arrested," the spokesman said.
The spokesman said the hunt is on for other persons involved in the crime and recover the stolen money.
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