June 2002 News

Pak terrorist with state subject, identity card arrested in Jammu

2 June 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Police have arrested a Pakistani terrorist of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit, who was in possession of a state subject and an identity card issued by Zonal Relief Officer and was planning to carry out a ‘fidayeen’ attack on Central Jail and Police Control Room (PCR), Jammu. Five persons including Zonal Relief Officer Nana Ji Bhat, two employees of the office of Deputy Commissioner and Tehsildar Settlement Jammu and a political leader have also been arrested by police for helping the terrorist in getting a state subject and an identity card, IGP Jammu Zone Pitambar Lal Gupta told a press conference here this evening. Gupta said the terrorist identified as Mohd Arshad (code name Abu Akassa) son of Mohd Ishaq, hailing from Gunda Singh Bala in Kasoor tehsil of Pakistan was arrested from Sunjwan on outskirts of the City under Trikuta Nagar police station’s jurisdiction few days back. Arrest was made on a specific information developed by police. During sustained interrogation, the terrorist revealed that he was in possession of a state subject certificate, issued strictly to permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and an identity card issued by Zonal Relief Officer, Jammu. Both the documents were recovered from a house in Sunjwan, where the terrorist was putting up as a tenant, the IGP Jammu said. Mohd Arshad disclosed identity of the officers and other persons, who had helped him in getting state subject and the identity card. They too have been arrested by police and were identified as Nana Ji Bhat, Zonal Relief Officer, Jammu, Ghulam Qadir, a resident of Sunjwan and an employee of Deputy Commissioner officer, Jammu, Dev Raj, an employee in Tehsildar Settlement Office, Jammu, Chowdhary Mohd Akbar, a political leader from Arnas and Mohd Iqbal son of Jamal Din R-o Ramban, who was working as a courier for the terrorists. Gupta said the state subject, recovered from the terrorist, was found to be fake during verification while the identity card, issued by Zonal Relief Officer, was genuine. The terrorist has been booked under Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) while five other arrested persons were being booked under other relevant laws. A case against them has been registered at Trikuta Nagar police station. The Jammu Police chief said the terrorist had sneaked into Indian territory from the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri sector about seven months back and stayed in Gool area of Udhampur district. Later, as per the directions of Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), he shifted to Jammu and stayed briefly in different localities including Bus Stand, Prem Nagar, Beli Charana and Channi Himmat before finally landing in Sunjwan, where he started living as a tenant. He said the ISI wanted to set up some permanent bases on City’s outskirts to serve as hideouts of the terrorists and, for the purpose, had directed Mohd Arshad to merge with locals, purchase land in Sunjwan and settle there. Arshad had already purchased four marlas of land at Sunjwan, where he intended to construct two underground rooms to serve as hideouts. During his stay at Sunjwan, the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist had carried out recee of some vital installation and acquainted himself with City’s lanes and by-lanes. The terrorist disclosed during his interrogation that he had been assigned the task of carrying out ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack at Central Jail and Police Control Room in Jammu after arrival of some more terrorists from Pakistan. Replying to a question, Gupta said the investigations revealed that the ISI was planning to settle terrorists on City’s outskirts in the absence of any support from the local people. ''This was evident from the fact that the arrested terrorist had been asked by the ISI to establish himself in Jammu and merge with the locals so that he wasn’t doubted by police'', he asserted. Replying to another question regarding Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf’s recent claim that infiltration had stopped from the LoC, Gupta said ''there was no doubt about ISI’s continued support to the terrorists'' but hastened to add that the terrorist had infiltrated here about seven months back. He said there were different aspects of the ongoing terrorism. While in some cases, the terrorists just sneak in and immediately carry out the act of violence to maintain a particular level of militancy, in other cases they work on long term prospects of militancy. Referring to yesterday’s recovery of explosive material from Puran Nagar in Tawian area, he said the recovery was not linked to the arrested terrorist. He said a hunt was on to nab two suspected ‘fidayeens’, who had reportedly escaped from Tawian. He admitted that movement (of the terrorists) was still taking place from across the border. ''Jammu has all along seen lack of upper ground support for the terrorists. In view of this, the ISI was planning to settle the terrorists here and merge them with locals to get acceptability and provide leadership'', the IGP Jammu asserted. He said a survey was on to update the record of outlaws in City and outskirts but admitted that the exercise was ‘extensive and time consuming’.


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