October 2018 News

3 Jalandhar Students With Links To Kashmir Terror Groups Held

10 October 2018
The Daily Pioneer

Jalandar: In a big catch, Punjab Police and Jammu & Kashmir Police's Special Operations Group (SOG) on Wednesday busted a terror module in Jalandhar city in a joint operation with the arrest of three Kashmiri students linked to Kashmiri terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH). Just ahead the festive season, police have recovered an AK-47 assault rifle and explosives from them. Police said that the module also had links with the Pakistan-based international terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). Senior Punjab Police officials, who were privy to the interrogation of the arrested Kashmiri students, said that the module was planning terrorist activities in Punjab or Delhi during the forthcoming festive season (Dusshera-Diwali). The students were nabbed from the hostel of CT Institute of Engineering Management and Technology, located in Shahpur, on the outskirts of Jalandhar city, said Punjab Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora. The joint team, which conducted a raid at the hostel early on Wednesday morning, also recovered two weapons, including, an assault rifle as well as explosives from the hostel room of B Tech (Civil) student of second semester Zahid Gulzar of Rajpora. Zahid was detained along with Mohd Idriss Shah and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt, both of Pulwama, said Arora. Briefing the media in Jalandhar on Wednesday, Jalandhar Police Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that the terror module was busted following sharing of intelligence by the Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir Police. He said that the arrested members of the module were being questioned and further details could not be shared at this stage. Punjab Police had recently picked up a student, Gazi Ahmad Malik of Shopian (in Jammu and Kashmir), from Banur in Patiala district where he was studying in Aryans Group Polytechnic College. Gazi was closely related to Adil Bashir Sheikh, a J&K Special Police Officer (SPO) who had fled with seven rifles from the residence of a PDP MLA in Srinagar and was suspected to have joined the militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. Gazi was later handed over to J&K Police. DGP Arora said that the arrests followed the development and corroboration of various leads and inputs about the presence and activities of certain militant organisations and individuals operating in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab. A case under sections 121, 121-A, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act, 3, 4, 5 of the Explosive Act, 10, 13, 17, 18, 18-B, 20, 38, 39, 40 of the Unlawful Prevention Act has been registered in Jalandhar Sadar police station, the DGP said. 'Further investigations are in progress and the Punjab Police is working closely with J&K Police to unravel the entire conspiracy and network built by these outfits-individuals in Punjab and J&K,' he said. Arora said that the busting of the terror module and the recovery of weapons in Jalandhar was indicative of efforts by Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to expand the arc of militancy on India's western border. He said that investigations have also revealed that the module has links with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).