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‘Naked lie’: TRF says Kashmir man arrested in Jammu not their chief

Stating that anti-India resistance in Kashmir is a reality and ‘only fools can deny it’, pro-freedom armed group, The Resistance Front, on Monday said the police’s claim on arresting one of its top militants in Jammu was a ‘naked lie’.

The Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh in a news conference on Sunday had said Zahoor Ahmad Rather of The Resistance Front was the chief of the militant group.

Rather was arrested last week by the police in Jammu district.

Terming Rather’s arrest as another ‘major achievement’, Singh said he is a Pakistan-trained militant and is known by aliases “Sahil” and “Khalid” among militants.

“He was also an active overground worker before crossing into Pakistan in 2002, where he underwent arms training and returned with five foreign militants through Rajouri route,” DGP Singh said.

 “He, however, had surrendered in 2006 and remained inactive before resuming his activities in 2019,” the police chief said, adding his handlers in Pakistan know his potential and that is why made him the TRF’s chief.

The DGP said he had set up a vast network in Kashmir and so far eight members of the group have been identified at his disclosure and some have also been arrested whose interrogation is on in Kashmir.

Being a militant, who had surrendered earlier, helped Rather escape suspicion, said the DGP, adding the alleged TRF chief was directly involved in the killing of three BJP workers in Kulgam and a policeman in Kokernag areas of south Kashmir last year.

In a statement issued on Monday, the TRF said all its cadre were safe and none of its memebers were arrested. 

“Police on the instructions of their masters keeps harassing Kashmiris. We once again want to make it clear that none of our cadre got arrested and all our fighters are safe at their places. Soon we will be showing our presence with full swing,” the statement read.

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