Arms, explosives recovered from hostel room
JAMMU, Oct 10: In a major success, Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu and Gandhi Nagar police in assistance with their counterparts in Jallandhar district of Punjab today arrested three Kashmiri militants in the guise of students, who were affiliated with dreaded militant Zakir Moosa’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind outfit. One of the arrested militants was cousin of Moosa.
After developing inputs about presence of militants, SOG Jammu and Gandhi Nagar police teams left for Jallandhar and in coordination with local police conducted raids at the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology at Shahpur on the outskirts of Jallandhar and captured all three militants with arms, ammunition and explosives.
Arrested militants have been identified as Zahid Gulzar, 18, son of Gul Ahmad Rather and Idrees Shah son of Abdul Qayoom Shah, both residents of Rajpora Awantipora, Pulwama and Yasir Rafiq Bhat son of Rafiq Ahmad Bhat R/o Noorpora Tral, Pulwama, who happened to be the cousin of Zakir Moosa.
From their possession, SOG and police teams recovered one AK rifle with two magazines and 52 rounds, one pistol with two magazines and 31 rounds and one kg explosives, which had been concealed in the hostel room.
SOG Jammu team was supervised by SP Operations Jammu, Sandeep Mehta and police team by SHO Gandhi Nagar Inspector Sunil Jasrotia supervised by SSP Jammu Vivek Gupta.
Official sources said it was being ascertained as to whether the militants had taken arms from Kashmir to Jallandhar or got the consignment in Punjab and what was their target? Details will be gathered during questioning of the militants, which was on.
Two students were pursuing B Tech and another BSc.
Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh said here that the militants were nabbed from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology, located in Shahpur on the outskirts of Jallandhar.
Singh said that the raid was conducted by joint team of the police of two States this morning in which weapons were recovered. He said that they belonged to Zakir Moosa Group and one local youth of that place was also picked up and investigations are going on.
Punjab Police chief, Suresh Arora, said in a statement that arms and ammunition were recovered from the hostel room of B Tech (Civil) student of 2nd semester, Zahid Gulzar along with two others.
Arora said the arrests followed the development and corroboration of various leads/inputs about the presence and activities of certain militant organizations/individuals operating in J&K and Punjab
“A case (FIR no. 166 dated 10.10.18, u/s 121, 121-A, 120-B IPC and 25/54/59 Arms Act, 3/4/5 Explosive Act, 10/13/17/18/ 18-B/20/38/39/40 Unlawful Prevention Act) has been registered in PS Sadar Jallandhar in this regard,” the DGP said.
The DGP said the busting of the module belonging to Ansaar Gazwatul Hind, and the recovery of weapons in Jallandhar, was indicative of efforts by Pakistan’s ISI to expand the arc of militancy on India’s western border.
It may be mentioned that Gazi Ahmad Malik of Shopian was recently picked-up by Punjab Police from Banur, Patiala, where he was studying in Aryans Group Polytechnic College. It was learnt that Gazi was closely related to Adil Bashir Sheikh, the SPO who had fled with 7 rifles from the residence of PDP MLA, Ajaz Mir’s house in Srinagar and was suspected to have joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a militant group.
Sources said Punjab Police is working closely with Jammu and Kashmir Police to unravel the network built by these outfits in the two States.
They said the busting of the terror module indicated efforts by Pakistan’s spy agency ISI to expand the arc of militancy on India’s western border.