Lashkar militant apprehended in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 22 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir Police today said they have arrested a Pakistan trained Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant from Handwara area in Kupwara district and seized some arms, ammunition and official seals from his possession.

Superintendent of Police (SP), Handwara, Dr Haseeb Mughal said acting on specific information regarding the movement of militants, police established a special security check near a petrol pump at Chogal in Kupwara district.

During vehicle checking, he said a person riding a motor cycle without any registration number was asked to stop. However, he tried to escape from the check point on which the police party apprehended him and seized the motorcycle.

Identifying the apprehended person as Abdul Majeed Dar alias Bhambar Khan, a resident of Nagri Palpora in Kupwara district, Dr Mughal said he was a released Pakistan trained militant of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.

One Chinese pistol, one pistol magazine, seven rounds of pistol ammunition were seized from him, two Chinese grenades were recovered from the motorcycle, he added.

During questioning, Dar revealed that LeT commander Saifullah of Pakistan, presently operating in Rajwar area, had provided the arms and ammunition to him.

Dar also disclosed that he was actively helping the cadres in transportation of arms and ammunition and collection of information regarding the movements of security forces and the police in the area, the SP added.

He said Dar also disclosed about other arms and ammunition kept in Kupwara where recoveries were made from the house of Ghulam Hassan Malik at Nagri Malpora on his instance.

Three UBGL grenades, 30 rounds of AK ammunition, 27 rounds of Kala Kope and four seals -- that of the Superintendent of Police, Kupwara, Headmaster Boys High School Kupwara and two seals of Proprietor Wani Brothers, General Bus Stand Kupwara -- were seized from there, Dr Mughal added.

The SP said Dar revealed that these seals were being used for documentation and making illegal identity cards for LeT cadres.

He said further questioning of Dar was going on to ascertain his links with other local and foreign militants.

Dr Mughal said a case under FIR Number 244/07, U/S 7/25 Arms Act had been registered in Handwara police station in this regard.


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