Top TRF militant of Kashmir nabbed in Bari Brahmana

Was involved in killing of 3 BJP workers

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Feb 13: A top militant affiliated with The Resistance Front (TRF), wanted in connection with the killing of three BJP workers and a policeman in south Kashmir last year, was today arrested from Bari Brahmana area in Samba district.
Zamora Ahmad Rather alias “Sahil”, “Khalid” was hiding in Samba district of Jammu region and was arrested on a specific information by Anantnag police, a senior police official said.
The TRF is an offshoot of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit and the arrest of Rather comes a week after police arrested self-styled commander of Lashkar-e-Mustafa Hidayatullah Malik alias “Hasnain” from Kunjwani area of Jammu.
Rather, a resident of south Kashmir, had reportedly moved to Samba to receive an arms consignment from Pakistan and was arrested from his rented accommodation in Bari Brahmana area during a joint raid by Anantnag and Samba police, the official said.
Terming the arrest of the top militants as a “major breakthrough”, he said he was involved in the killing of three BJP workers in Kulgam and a policeman at Furra village in south Kashmir district last year.
Security officials said Rather had undergone arms training in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) in 2004 and infiltrated into India along with five foreign militants. However, he surrendered in 2006 but got recycled into militancy last year after joining the TRF.
The interrogation of the captured militant is underway and some more arrests and recoveries are expected at his disclosure, the official said.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar told Excelsior that a team of Police from Anantnag arrested the militant, Zahoor Ahmad Rather alias Sahil alias Khalid of TRF from Samba last night. He said that Zahoor Ahmad Rather was hiding in Samba and was arrested following specific information by Anantnag police.
“He was involved in the killing of three BJP workers in Kulgam last year and one policeman at Furra in the South Kashmir district,” the IGP said.
He is being brought to Kashmir for further investigations.
The three Bharatiya Janata Party workers, Fida Hussain Yatoo, Umer Rashid Beigh and Umer Ramzan Hajam, were killed in YK Pora area of Kulgam in October last year.