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Report: Bihar resident arrested for ‘supplying arms to Kashmir militants’

The Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested a Bihar resident in its purported probe into the supply of weapons to pro-freedom militants in the Himalayan region.

A local news report on Saturday said that the Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested Javaid Ahmed, a resident of Chapra district in India’s eastern state.

Ahmed’s arrest comes after his name was revealed by Hidayatullah Malik, the alleged chief of Lashkar-e-Mustafa in Kashmir, the report said.

After Malik, a resident of Shopian was arrested in Jammu, the police chief Dilbag Singh had said that the militants have begun procuring weapons from Bihar and are using some students from Kashmir, studying in Punjab, for smuggling these illegal arms into the Valley.

“Malik had also set up a network to get weapons from Bihar and sourced seven pistols from there till now and got them distributed among militants,” the DGP had said.

“Malik has been leading LeM, floated last August, although he had been an active militant for a long time. He had worked as an overground worker,” Singh had said.

The news report by Kashmir News Trust on Saturday, while quoting unspecified sources, said that during interrogation Malik had named two Bihar residents, who were supplying arms to militants.

Singh had said that Malik was also planning to set up a base in Jammu to carry forward militant activities besides receiving arms and ammunition, from Pakistan through underground tunnels on the border or being dropped by drones before being smuggled to Kashmir.

The DGP said Malik was also involved in looting of ₹60 lakh from a bank’s cash van last November. This was established after the arrest of his four accomplices, including his wife, in this crime, he had added. Malik’s wife remains in police custody.

The report on Saturday added Bihar resident, Javaid Ahmed, is being shifted to Jammu where he will be questioned. Police is trying to find out how many militants have gone to Bihar or some other Indian states to procure arms, the report said.

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