Militant recruitment module busted in Valley

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2017

Hizbul efforts to replenish its depleting ranks suffered a major setback when the police busted its recruitment module in the Pattan area of Baramulla and arrested three people who were planning to send boys to Pakistan on valid visas for arms training. "Three persons were arrested following the raid (on Saturday)".

Baramulla SSP, Imtiyaz Hussain Mir told news agency PTI that the module was being spearheaded by Hizbul Mujahideen commander Parvez Wani alias Mubashir, who is a resident of Gagloora Handwara in north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

"The module was not only luring young boys to terrorism but as well providing all logistic support to other terrorists of HM outfit", police added.

The boys were counseled and then handed over to their parents, the police official said.

In south Kashmir's Shopian district four persons with links to Hizbul were arrested by the police.The men, according to police, were involved in providing logistic support and helping the Hizbul in conducting the terror attack on Khurshid Ahmed, a special police officer, on June 11.

The police spokesman said after sustained questioning, the four were arrested and are being investigated for their roles in militancy.

Further investigation is going on, he added.

"They were identified as Ansar-ul-lah Tantray son of Mohammad Munawar Tantary resident of Raipora, Palhalan, Abdul Rashid Bhat son of Sona-ul-lah Bhat resident of Minipora, Sopore and Mehraj-ud-din Kak son of Nazir Ahmad Kak resident of Andargami, Pattan", police statement said.

Mr. Bhat, the police said, had visited Pakistan in May this year.

Arms, ammunition and ₹one lakh were recovered from their possession. "Besides undertaking the task of recruiting locals for the Hizbul Mujaheddin terror outfit and subsequently sending them to Pakistan for training at terrorists camps operating in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, the arrested individuals were themselves involved in terror activities including the attack on SOG camp in the valley in June", said the police official.

The busting of Hizb module comes after police in North Kashmir recently saved 10 boys from joining militancy by arresting them.

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