Police gathers details of 250 militants of Doda region operating from Pak, PoJK

An SIU team during raid at the house of a militant in Kishtwar on Wednesday.
An SIU team during raid at the house of a militant in Kishtwar on Wednesday.

MHA to seek Interpol help to nab active ones

Raids continue, no property traced on their names

Sanjeev Pargal

JAMMU, May 24: As the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) today conducted simultaneous raids at the residences of eight terrorists in Kishtwar and Ramban districts who have been operating from Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK), the Union Home Ministry is expected to approach Interpol for initiating action against some of the nearly 250 such terrorists hailing mostly from three districts of the Jammu region.
“Police and Intelligence agencies have identified 250 terrorists hailing from Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts who after their exfiltration to Pakistan and PoJK have been operating from there trying to mobilize local youth to revive militancy in the three districts by carrying out terror strikes,” the officials told the Excelsior.

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Maximum 118 such terrorists hailed from Doda district, 96 from Ramban and 36 in Kishtwar, they said but added that not all of them are active as many have married local girls there and are doing small business or labour work while few others have died. However, a good number of them are active and trying to mobilize local youth in the three districts with the help of their old contacts to revive militancy.
“The Interpol will be approached for Red Corner Notice against only those terrorists who are active and trying to revive militancy. They belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen and some other militant outfits. Their tentative locations in Pakistan and PoJK have also been traced by the Intelligence agencies,” the officials said.
On attachment of their property, the officials said during raids on the houses of terrorists as well as in the course of investigations, police found that there was no property on their names as they were young when they left houses and exfiltrated to Pakistan and PoJK.
“Houses, land and other properties of majority of them were found on the names of their parents or elder brothers. However, in one case, land was detected on the name of terrorist and it was attached after completion of legal formalities,” they said.
As per the officials, the police and Intelligence agencies have prepared detailed dossiers of all 250 militants including their addresses here and likely locations of operations in Pakistan and PoJK and submitted them to the Union Home Ministry which is likely to approach Interpol for issuance of Red Corner Notices against them for their arrest followed by repatriation.
Police and Intelligence agencies have complete list of 250 terrorists hailing from Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban districts who are operating from Pakistan and PoJK which they have already shared with the Union Home Ministry.
Meanwhile, the SIUs today conducted raids on houses of eight Pakistan-based terrorists at multiple locations in Kishtwar and Ramban districts.
The raids were carried out in Padder, Keshwan and Thakrai in Kishtwar and Khari and Banihal in Ramban to scuttle attempts by these terrorists to revive militancy in Doda region, police said.
They said the searches at the houses of Azad Hussain son of Abdul Majid at Affani Padder, Gazi-ud-Din son of Mohammad Ayoub, Bashir Ahmed Mughal son of Ghulam Qadir and Sattar Din alias Rajab son of Mehan Din, all residents of Jugna Keshwan, were conducted after search warrants were obtained from a special NIA court in Jammu in a case under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
“The searches are aimed at eliminating the militant ecosystem in the district by identifying various over-ground workers and supporters of militancy,” the police said.
Raids were conducted by SIU teams under the supervision of SSP Kishtwar Khalil Poswal and DySP Vishal Sharma.
Earlier on May 18, teams of the SIU raided houses of five terrorists, who are currently operating from Pakistan and PoJK, besides three suspected individuals in the district.
“The evidence collected shall be investigated so as to subject the accused persons to judicial determination for their involvement in anti-national activities and perpetuation of terrorism,” police said.
It said the terrorist associates whose involvement surfaces during the investigations would also be prosecuted.
The special NIA court in Jammu had on April 26 issued non-bailable warrants against 23 terrorists from Kishtwar operating from across the border. Earlier, non-bailable warrants were issued against 13 terrorists in the district.
Meanwhile, the SIU teams carried out raids on the houses of four terrorists in Ramban district.
They include Qari Abdul Latief, a resident of Koot Ara Khari, Reyaz Ahmad Bohru of Arpinchla Khari, Fayaz Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad, both hailing from Pinchala Khari.
“The (four) terrorists settled in PoJK are continuously trying to revive militancy in the area,” police said, adding that during the course of the searches, a lot of incriminating digital and non-digital evidence were collected for detailed analyses.