The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested a ‘recycled’ valley-based pro-freedom insurgent from Samba where he was ‘to receive an arms consignment from Pakistan’.
Zahoor Ahmad Rather alias ‘Sahil’, ‘Khalid’, police said had rejoined insurgent ranks in 2020, months after India revoked the special status of the region.
Rather, police said, is affiliated with The Resistance Front and was wanted in connection with the killing of three BJP workers and a policeman in south Kashmir last year.
India says the TRF is an offshoot of Lashker-e-Toiba militant outfit and the arrest of Rather comes a week after police arrested self-styled commander of Lashkar-e-Mustafa Hidayatullah Malik alias “Hasnain” from Kunjwani area of Jammu.
Rather, a resident of south Kashmir, had reportedly moved to Samba to receive an arms consignment from Pakistan and was arrested from his rented accommodation in Bari Brahmana area during a joint raid by Anantnag and Samba police.
Rather had undergone arms training in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in 2004 and infiltrated into India along with five foreign militants. However, he surrendered in 2006 but got recycled into militancy last year after joining the TRF.