Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested two operatives of terror outfits in the Ganderbal district of Srinagar.

The two terror operatives arrested were identified as Irfan Ahmad Mir and Aushiq Hussain Baba — both tailors by profession who have been designing flags for terror outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen, Ansar Gazvat ul Hind and Lashkar e Toiba.

Speaking to MyNation, SSP Khalil Poswal said, “On a specific information from reliable sources, we conducted raids in the Saloora Patti Ganderbal area and seized a large number of flags of Hizbul Mujahideen and other terror outfits besides seizing daggers, flag materials, stencils, paints, sewing machines and mobile phones containing incriminatory contents from a residential house.”

Both the terror operatives were in touch with many terror kingpins through various WhatsApp groups and Blackberry Messenger groups. They received the designs of terror-propagating flags from these groups.

The police have also recovered Army-like uniforms with badges of terror outfits Ansar Gazvat Ul Hind on them. Police have sent mobile phones for forensic examinations after which more links are expected.

The terror outfits had placed the order for their flags before the dubious tailors during the last anti-India demonstrations in the Valley.

A highly placed source told MyNation that they were operating in a technically secure area beyond the police’s radar for such terror activities. They were operating from a tailor shop and were inactive during the anti-India protests to evade any suspicion from security agencies.

Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered a case in this regard in the police station of Ganderbal under FIR No 139/2018, U/S 13 ULAP. Investigations are underway.

SSP Ganderbal told MyNation that more arrests are likely on the basis of information provided by these two terror operatives.