TRF militant arrested near Rly Stn with pistol, police hunt for 2 more

Arrested militant in police custody.
Arrested militant in police custody.

‘Dark Web’ used to stay in touch with Pak, Kashmir ultras
Selective killings were on target
Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 26: Jammu Police today averted major tragedy by arresting a militant of The Resistance Front (TRF) from outside the Railway Station here and have launched a hunt to nab his two associates amidst reports that the militant was planning to indulge in selective killings using a pistol recovered from his possession.
Arrested militant has been identified as Sheikh Sunain Yousuf alias Raja alias Sultan son of Mohammad Yousuf Sheikh, a resident of Gadapora in Shopian district of South Kashmir.
A Star pistol and seven cartridges were recovered from his possession.
SSP Jammu Chandan Kohli told the Excelsior that Jammu Police and Special Operations Group (SOG) Jammu were keeping track on activities of the militants and had developed certain specific leads. A police naka party observed a Scooty driver dropping pillion rider outside Railway Station just 50-60 meters short of naka and fleeing back. Naka party chased the youth dropped by the Scooty and overpowered him at some distance.
“On preliminary questioning, the youth turned out to be the militant of the TRF, an off-shoot of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and disclosed his identity,” Kohli said.
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As only pistol and cartridges were recovered from the possession of arrested militant, it was clear that he had been deputed here from Kashmir for indulging in selective killings.
The militant had reportedly stayed near Bhatindi and the person who dropped him on Scooty near Railway Station was putting up in the same locality, sources said, adding that a total of two associates of the militant are on run and searches have been launched by Jammu Police and SOG to nab them.
“The militant had used “dark web” Apps on the mobile telephones to stay in touch with Kashmir-based militants and his associates in Pakistan,” sources said.
The militant, however, disclosed to the investigators that the exact task was not yet conveyed to him by his handlers.
“He had come to Jammu on directions of handler Ahmed Khalid alias “Hamza” alias “Haqparast”, a Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) based active handler of the TRF outfit,” a police spokesman said.
He said the militant was also in touch with Valley-based handlers through Telegram and Signal Apps.
“The questioning of the arrested militant is going on. A hunt has been launched to nab two of his associates who provided support to him for reconnaissance,” the spokesman said, adding more arrests and recoveries are expected at his disclosure.
A case under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Arms Act was registered in Bahu Fort police station and further investigation is on, the spokesman said.