September 2007 News

Now, Nahida's Mobile Exposes Her HM Links

12 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: It's now Nahida Altaf's mobile telephone, which has started exposing Hizbul Mujahideen cadre in Surankote, Poonch and Jammu City. A third year Law student of Dogra Law College, Bari Brahmana, Nahida Altaf, a resident of Surankote had with her a BSNL mobile telephone No. 94690-66804. Official sources told the Excelsior that data recovered from Nahida's mobile telephone by the IT experts in police department has revealed that the 21 year old student, arrested last week along with a consignment of explosives, was in touch with at least eight militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, two of whom have been lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail while two each were operating in Surankote, Anantnag and Jammu City. 'This is just the preliminary data retrieved from the mobile phone while more facts are yet to come out', sources said. Calls dialed and received by Nahida Altaf daughter of Altaf Hussain, a police head constable posted in Police Control Room (PCR), Jammu, have given police 'enough evidence' of her involvement in militancy especially her links with Hizbul Mujahideen outfit. The data has also revealed that she used to be in touch with Altaf Ahmed, a Hizbul Mujahideen commander arrested by police from Surankote, Fayyaz Ahmed Talakh alias Talla, another Hizbul commander, who had come to Jammu City from Anantnag to receive explosives' consignment from her and Bhatti, a militant operating from Subash Nagar. Police have identified mobile telephone numbers of all these militants. Altaf Ahmed's mobile has been seized. Altaf, according to sources, has been given the mobile by a Hizbul militant, known as Mian, after he was released from Kot Bhalwal jail sometime back after eight years of imprisonment. According to sources, questioning of Nahida Altaf, who had been allotted Roll No. 274-F and registered by Jammu University under Registration No. 212-5DLC-05 as a Law student, has unraveled not only upper ground network of militants but also given police some important clues about the militants' plans to strengthen their network in the City. The militants of Hizbul outfit, sources said, were planning to create their hide-outs, dump arms and ammunition and involve some local youths in the City before starting terror attacks in next six months. With the killing of Saifullah Qari and apprehension of his Pakistani associate Zaffar Iqbal followed by arrests of five militants and their harbourers including three women and apprehension of Nahida Altaf and Altaf Ahmed, police believed that they have succeeded in keeping the militants' plot at a bay. However, still, they felt, there were some over ground workers who were working for the militants, overtly or covertly. Efforts were on to identify and apprehend them.


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