Two top militants of LeT, HM nabbed

25 December 2009
The Daily Excelsior

JAMMU: Police today arrested two militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits, one of whom though being just 17 years old was active in the militancy for last three years, from village Dhara in Thanna Mandi area of Rajouri district. One of the arrested militant was working as a co-ordinator between LeT and HM outfits and was in constant touch with several top commanders of the two groups, official sources said. They have been identified as Abdul Salam, 17, son of Abdul Rashid, a resident of Dhara, Thanna Mandi and Mohammad Rafiq alias Papa Lohar, 45, son of Faiz Baksh R-o Khanyal Kot. While Salam was affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, Papa Lohar was working for Lashkar-e-Toiba. From the possession of Abdul Salam, police have recovered a high range wireless set, two wireless set antennas, 17 pairs of Dura cell chargers, a number of incriminating documents including letter heads of LeT and HM outfit and a medical kit. Some more recoveries were expected from the two arrested militants during their further interrogation. Arrests were made by a police party headed by DySP Special Operations Group (SOG) Farooq Qaiser under the supervision of SSP Rajouri Shafkat Wattali. Sources said Abdul Salam was just 14 years old when he was won over by the militants of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit and lured into militancy. Salam’s elder brother Mohammad Iqbal alias Abu Yunus had crossed over to Pakistan about five years back and was reported to be running a training camp of the outfit in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). According to sources, Abdul Salam had been assigned the task by Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT commanders to meet different militants of the two groups and strike a ‘perfect co-ordination’ between them. In this context, Salam is reported to have confessed his meetings with Hizbul Mujahideen divisional commander for Rajouri, Mohammad Adil and LeT divisional commander Omar Hayat. Papa Lohar was wanted to police in a number of militancy related activities. He was working for the LeT outfit for more than a decade. Further questioning of both the militants was going on and some more vital clues about militants activities of LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen were expected of them. They were likely to be sent to Joint Interrogation Centre (JIC) shortly for sustained interrogation, sources said.