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Mar 16, 2013 at 09:44pm IST

J&K: Police make third arrest in CRPF camp attack as state faces fresh security challenges

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police claimed they have cracked the case of the deadly attack in Srinagar that left five paramilitary personnel dead on Wednesday. The breakthrough came after the third arrest of a government employee, Pradeep Singh.

Earlier, Bashir Ahmad Mir, a former militant who worked for security agencies, and a Pakistani militant Abu Talha, were put in police custody, before Pradeep's arrest. Their interrogation has revealed that five Lashkar operatives entered Kashmir through Uri, just couple of days after Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged in Tihar jail in New Delhi.

"The attack was well planned and we are investigating and we have made some progress," said Jammu and Kashmir DGP Ashok Prasad. Bashir Mir received Lashkar operatives in Uri and took the three operatives to Tangmarg.

The group stayed with Pradeep Singh while Mir and Pradeep provided logistics information to the operatives. On March 11, Mir and Pradeep dropped trio to Srinagar for a recce of the area.

Two days later, on March 13, two fidayeen (suicide attackers) launched the attack and were killed on the same day. Talha, the only other Pakistani, was arrested the day after as was Bashir Mir. However, police sources believe Pradeep's arrest is crucial.

However, his family insists he is innocent. Police sources said the attack had a clear Lashkar-e-Toiba stamp to it, even though the Hizbul Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for it.

Talha has reportedly confessed he trained with Lashkar in camps across the Line of Control. Although the Jammu and Kashmir Police have more or less cracked the case, fresh challenges seem to emerge for the state's security apparatus.