DW BUREAU / Chandigarh
In a joint operation, the Punjab Police and Special Operations Group (SoG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday arrested three students to bust a terror module of Kashmiri terror outfit, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), in Jalandhar. The module also has links with the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
The students were nabbed from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology, located in Shahpur on the outskirts of Jalandhar, DGP Suresh Arora said in a statement issued here.
The joint team, which conducted a raid at the hostel early this morning, also recovered two weapons, including an assault rifle, as well as explosives from the hostel room of B. Tech (Civil) student of second semester, Zahid Gulzar of Rajpora in Srinagar. Zahid was detained along with Mohd Idriss Shah alais Nadeem of Pulwama in J&K, and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt of Noorpura in Pulwama.
The DGP 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 under sections 121, 121-A, 120-B of the IPC, sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act, sections 3, 4, 5 of the Explosive Act, sections 10, 13, 17, 18, 18-B, 20, 38, 39, 40 of the Unlawful Prevention Act has been registered in Jalandhar in this regard.
“Further investigations are in progress and the Punjab Police are working closely with J&K Police to unravel the entire conspiracy and network built by these outfits/individuals in Punjab and J&K,” added the DGP.
The DGP said the busting of the terror module belonging to AGH, and the recovery of weapons in Jalandhar, was indicative of efforts by Pakistan’s ISI to expand the arc of militancy on India’s western border. He said investigations have also revealed that the module has links with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
It may be mentioned that Gazi Ahmad Malik of Shopian in J&K was recently picked up by Punjab Police from Banur in Patiala, where he was studying in Aryans Group Polytechnic College. It was learnt that Gazi was closely related to Adil Bashir Sheikh, a J&K Police SPO who had fled with 7 rifles from the residence of PDP MLA house in Srinagar and was suspected to have joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a militant group. He was later handed over to the J&K Police for further investigations.