August 2006 News

SOG Jammu nabs 3 from NH with hawala money

25 August 2006
The Daily Excelsior
By Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: Special Operations Group (SOG), Jammu arrested three activists of Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen from Tikri on Jammu-Srinagar national highway this morning when they were shifting a hawala consignment from Rajouri to Kashmir in a hired TATA Sumo. Of three arrested militant activists, two belonged to Kashmir valley and third one to Rajouri district. Official sources told the Excelsior that a SOG Jammu team, on a specific information, intercepted a TATA Sumo, which was operating as a taxi, at Tikri, short of Udhampur on Jammu-Srinagar national highway this morning on a specific information that three suspected militants were travelling in it carrying a hawala consignment between Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh with them. The SOG team apprehended the trio from the Sumo along with the hawala consignment and brought them here this afternoon where they are being subjected to sustained questioning to ascertain the source of money and their other links in Hizbul Mujahideen and Jaish-e- Mohammed outfit. Trio have been identified as Abdul Ahad Bhat of Handwara, Bashir Ahmed of Rajouri and Mohd Amin Bhat of Srinagar. During preliminary questioning, they disclosed that they were shifting the consignment from Rajouri to Srinagar and had to deliver it to the militants. They had already made several trips to Srinagar carrying hawala consignments. According to sources, the militants had been shifting hawala amount to Valley in installments to ensure that even if one group was arrested, the financial loss was very less. This was the reason that three militants were in possession of only Rs one lakh. The SOG Jammu has sounded Rajouri Police about the arrests and sought their assistance in tracing the source of money. Some more arrests in hawala network were expected, the sources said. Early this month, the SOG Jammu had eliminated two militants including a Pakistani at Jagti, Nagrota on the eve of Independence Day. Meanwhile, two students of 10th class and 9th class including the one who happened to be the brother of top Lashkar militant Rafeeq Nai, presently operating from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), were arrested by security forces and police this morning from Surankote tehsil in Poonch district today. Mohd Naseer, brother of Rafeeq Nai, a 10th class student of Government School Harni and Azad Mohd Khan, a 9th class student, both residents of Naka Majari were arrested by security forces and police on a tip off that they possessed a consignment of arms and ammunition, meant for Rafeeq Nai. On the disclosures of Nai's brother, security personnel recovered one pistol, two magazines and 16 rounds. Both of them have been taken for questioning.


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