Perfume IED recovered. Perfume IED first of its kind after sticky bombs, timer-fitted IEDs; Special team to check the impact of Perfume IED, its shape is like a perfume bottle: Police
KS News Desk
Srinagar, Feb 02: Jammu and Kashmir police Thursday claimed to have achieved a major breakthrough on January 21 Narwal, Jammu blast by arresting a Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, who is also a government employee, from whose possession of a “perfume IED,” first of its kind, was recovered.
Addressing a press conference in Jammu, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that after 11 days of hard work of the Jammu police, a major success was achieved in the form of the arrest of one Arif Ahmed, a resident of Reasi district of Jammu.
“Arif is a government employee and is an active militant of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit. He was working at the behest of Qasim, a Reasi resident, and his uncle Qamardin, also a Reasi resident, presently in Pakistan, who are part of LeT,” the DGP said. He said Arif was involved in three IED blast incidents—Shahstri Nagar, Katra, and the January 21 incident of Narwal, Jammu.
“So far, we had seen IEDs with explosive materials, sticky bombs, and timer-fitted IEDs, but a new type of IED was recovered from Arif, which is Perfume IED. This IED is in a bottle form and seems like a perfume bottle but contains explosive material,” the DGP said, adding that “since the IED is new to us, experts will see how harmful and how powerful it can be. We have not touched it so far.”
He said that the main aim of these IEDs is to target innocent people and to trigger communal hatred in the Jammu region. “Arif will not only lose his job, but a strong dossier will be prepared against him. He was a very clever operative. He had burnt all the evidence, including his clothes, shoes, and he even set ablaze his mobile phone as well. But police worked hard on even small inputs and leads that led to the arrest of Arif,” he said.
The DGP said that IEDs received by Arif were air-dropped through drones. “He has confessed to the crime,” he said. To a query about the Danghri, Rajouri incident and the fate of the probe, the DGP said that the investigations are in the advanced stage and the output will be shared with the media men shortly.
Asked about further links of Arif and possible Kashmir connection, the DGP said that so far, it has not been seen that Kashmiri youth are coming to Jammu for militancy or, for that matter, Jammu youth going to Kashmir. “Further investigations are on,” he said.