A cleric was among three people held in Kashmir’s Sopore town for impersonating as pro-freedom insurgents.
Reports said the trio was held for collecting money from locals for pro freedom activities while impersonating as Lashkar-e-Toiba insurgents.
Police said they received a complaint from local, whose name was not revealed, and after launching a probe Ishfaq Ahmad Reshi, a driver, Mumtaz Ahmad War, a cleric at a Mosque, and Abdul Qayoom Ganie, a mason — all residents of Warpora were arrested.
The unknown complainant had told police that he has received a letter on the letter head of Lashkar wherein he has been directed to pay an amount of Rs 50,000, “as the organisation is in dire need of funds for carrying out various activities.”
“During the course of the investigation which involved the utilization of human resources and technical means to trace the culprits”, police said it came to fore that the trio had masterminded the plan to collect money from the complainant.
Police said the accused trio and upon interrogation revealed how they were blackmailing many prominent businessmen of the northern town.