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Police claim arrest of hybrid militant in Bandipora

Jammu and Kashmir police on Thursday claimed to have arrested ‘hybrid militant’ associated with The Resistance Front in the Hajin area of Bandipora district.

A police spokesman in a statement said that police and other armed forces received a piece of information about the suspicious movement of TRF militants in Chandergeer in Hajin.

“Accordingly, a naka was placed by Bandipora Police along with 13 RR at Check-Chanderger Hajin. While conducting a search of pedestrians and vehicles, one suspect person tried to conceal his presence on seeing the naka party, who was tactfully apprehended, and on his personal search one Chinese grenade was recovered and on his further disclosure one Chinese Pistol, one Pistol Magazine, four Pistol Rounds and two more Chinese hand Grenades were recovered.”

During preliminary questioning, he disclosed his identity as Shabir Ahmad Dar of Chandergeer.

“Being a hybrid militant of TRF outfit, he was working on the directions of handlers across the border Lala Umar and Huzaifa. He was in touch with Abbas Sheikh (now slain) and Basit an active militant and was assigned the task of reviving local militancy in Bandipora district, particularly in Hajin. Since there is no local active militant left in Hajin area after the killing of LeT militant Saleem Parray.”

Pertinently, the arrested person was working for LeT outfit on the directions of LeT operatives namely Bashir Puji (now in Jail) and Muzaffar Nata (Killed). “The accused was arrested in 2017 for his involvement in subversive activities and close proximity with the LeT commanders in Hajin area at that time,” the police claimed.

“While in jail, he was motivated by some LeT militants, who were lodged with him to revive TRF by way of local recruitment once he is out of jail. Soon after he started subversive activities he was apprehended before he could do any further damage to peace and tranquility by way of motivating local youth to join militant ranks,” the police statement read.

In this connection, police said that a case has been registered in Police Station Hajin and further investigation was taken up.

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