October 2006 News

Top ultra Raja Muzaffar, under-trial arrested

31 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
By Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: CID (Counter Intelligence) sleuths today arrested a top Hizbul Mujahideen militant and a murder accused under-trial from high security Kot Bhalwal jail in connection with recovery of two mobile telephones along with SIM cards from inside the jail few days back. Raja Muzaffar, a Kashmiri militant, son of Zulfikar Ali, a resident of Uri in Baramulla district and Sanjeev Kumar Samyal son of Joginder Singh Samyal R-o Samba were taken into custody by the CID (CI) personnel from inside the jail late this evening. Immediately after their arrest, both of them were taken to CID police station where a fresh case under Unlawful Activities Act has been registered against them, official sources said. Both of them were to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) for questioning in connection with smuggling of mobile telephone bearing Nos. 99068-72239 and 99061- 48770 inside the jail and their use by the militants . With today's arrests, a total of three detenues have been re-arrested from Kot Bhalwal Jail. Gurmeet Singh, a resident of Mandlik Nagar, Tope Sherkhanian was the first to be arrested as the first mobile telephone was recovered from his possession. More arrests were expected to be made in next few days after questioning of the trio. Sources said efforts were on to ascertain who had smuggled the mobile telephones and SIM cards inside the jail and how this was made possible in high security prison where several militants including foreign mercenaries are lodged. Raja Muzaffar was reported to have spoken to several militants and received their calls on the mobile telephone. He had also directed execution of some militancy related incidents on telephone to the militants. The mobile number 99061-48770 had been issued on the name of Sanjeev Kumar Samyal, even as he was in the jail for last three years facing trial in a murder case at Samba. The mobile was activated on October 14. It was recovered from the possession of top Hizbul Mujahideen militant Mohd Altaf Choudhary of Rajouri, a dismissed constable of Security wing of Jammu and Kashmir Police. The second mobile telephone, which was recovered from Gurmeet Singh, was issued on the name of a Rashtriya Rifles jawan Naresh Kumar, presently posted in Baramulla. Sources said it was yet to be confirmed that whether fake documents of the Army soldier had been used to get the mobile telephone connection. Sources said record pertaining to issuance of SIM card on the name of an under-trial, who was in jail for last three years, has been summoned from the dealer of a leading private telecom company to ascertain who got the SIM card issued on his name and how it was issued without verification. Intelligence agencies were in the process of writing to all three telecom companies, providing mobile services in Jammu and Kashmir, to strictly adhere to verification guidelines before issuing and activating SIM cards especially the pre-paid cards. Agencies have reports that mostly pre-paid connections have been misused and reached the hands of militants, anti-social elements and even jails. Sources said the Intelligence have reports that it was not only Kot Bhalwal jail where mobile telephones have found their way but at least in two other jails of the State, this facility is being availed by the detenues. There were reports that mobile telephones might have been smuggled inside the jail hidden inside leg pieces of mutton. Sources said the escape of dreaded militant Pinto Malik court complex in Pulwama district last month after killing a constable with a pistol was also reported to have been planned using a mobile telephone. Raja Muzaffar, according to sources, had mostly used the mobile telephone No. 99068- 72239, which was activated on August 8, 2006. Over 650 calls and SMS had been received on it since it was activated.


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