Published On: Mon, Jul 10th, 2017

LeT module busted in J&K, two terrorists including one from UP nabbed

Srinagar: What could be viewed as a major breakthrough in the process of countering terrorism in the Kashmir valley, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday arrested an Uttar Pradesh resident who was an active member of Pakistan based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Initial investigations have revealed the role of the two terrorists in terror activities

The arrested individual, a Hindu, was part of the group that killed an SHO and five other police personnel in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and mutilated their faces.

Disclosing the the startling fact to mediapersons here, inspector general of police (IGP), Kashmir, Muneer Khan said, “We have busted a module involved in a series of sensational crimes, including terror crimes in south Kashmir.”

He said that two individuals, who were part of the said LeT module are Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, a resident of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh and Muneeb Shah, a resident of Kulgam in south Kashmir were arrested earlier in the day.

The arrested terrorists were involved in a series of terror activities including looting of banks and ATMs in the Kashmir valley, said the IGP.

He said that initial investigations have revealed the role of the two terrorists in terror activities being carried out by the LeT.

The police official said that the arrested terrorists Sandeep was nabbed from the same house where LeT terrorist Bashir Lashkari was killed on July 1. After arresting Sandeep, the security forces arrested Muneeb Shah.

Giving details of how Sandeep was nabbed, the police official said that he was apprehended during the encounter in which notorious terrorist Lashkari was eliminated.

“It raised the fingers of suspicion on spotting a non-local sitting in the same house where Lashkari was taking shelter and this to his sustained interrogation during which he spilled the beans,” said the police official.

The police official further said that Sandeep had come to the valley in 2012 and worked as a welder here in the summers. In the winters, he would go outside the valley, especially to Patiala in Punjab.

“It was there in Punjab, Sandeep came in contact with one Shahid Ahmad, a resident of Kulgam, who was also working there,” said the IGP adding that in January last, he came to the valley and planned to loot ATMs and other crime in south Kashmir.

He said that Sandeep along with three others including Muneeb Shah, Shahid Ahmad and Muzaffar Ahmad stayed in a rented accommodation in Kulgam for carrying out their criminal activities and in Kulgam itself, they met hardcore LeT terrorist Shakoor Ahmad.

The police official said that the terrorists operating in the valley utilized the services of Sandeep for looting ATMs and the booty was shared among them all.

Some more arrests are likely to be made in this connection as others associated with the group are also on the radar. :We cannot give any further details as the same would hamper our action,” added the police official.

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