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Days after ‘arresting’ 2 rebels, Kashmir police claim arrest of ‘Jaish proxy chief’ in Jammu

Police in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday claimed to have arrested the chief of a pro-freedom militant group, which it said was a proxy of Jaish-e-Muhammad. 

He has been identified as Hidayatullah Malik, the chief of Lashkar-e-Mustafa, and was arrested from Jammu. 

“Malik, a categorised militant from Shopian district has been arrested in a joint operation by the Jammu and the Anantnag police,” police said.

Police said legal proceedings have been initiated and further investigations are on.

Police also added that during preliminary questioning it has been revealed that they were planning to conduct a terror act in Jammu.

His arrest comes days after police claimed to have busted a module of a what it claimed was a recently floated insurgent outfit with the arrest of six people in south of the valley. 

The police had said they acted on a specific tip off, and arrested Imran Ahmed Hajam and Irfan Ahmed Ahanger, both residents of Khanabal, as they were travelling in a car in Doniwara in Bijbehara.

The duo, police said, had recently joined Lashker-e- Mustafa, with most of its commanders based in Shopian district. 

The police had said they had inputs that the duo were contemplating an attack in Anantnag and Bijbehara towns. 

During questioning, the police said, the arrested duo told them that Lashkar-e-Mustafa ‘was recently floated to give an impression that militancy in Kashmir is indigenous and not sponsored by Pakistan’.

The police had claimed that the duo further revealed they are close associates of Hidayat Malik alias Hasnain of Sharafpora Shopian who is chief of the new outfit.

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