Two Kashmiri students among three arrested with weapons in Jalandhar

JALANDHAR: In a joint operation, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday arrested three Kashmiri natives, including two students, after arms were seized from their hostel room at the CT Institute Shahpur in Jalandhar.

The development came amidst the visit of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is in the city for three days.

Officials at the institute said at least 80 to 90 cops raided room number 94 of the hostel at Shahpur campus and arrested two Kashmiri students and their guest.

“We don’t know the names of these students and their guest as the police did not allow any of the institute authorities to accompany them. The trio was taken with their faces covered,” the officials said.

The joint team, which conducted a raid at the hostel early this morning, also recovered two weapons, including an Assault Rifle, as well as explosives from the hostel room of B. Tech (Civil) Student of second semester, Zahid Gulzar S/o Gulzar Ahmad Rather R/o Rajpora, PS Awantipora, Srinagar (J&K). Zahid was detained along with Mohd. Idriss Shah @ Nadeem R/o Pulwama J&K, and Yusuf Rafiq Bhatt, R/o Noorpura, Pulwama J&K.

The DGP said the arrests followed the development and corroboration of various leads/inputs about the presence and activities of certain militant organizations/individuals operating in J&K and Punjab.

A case (FIR no. 166 dated 10.10.18, u/s 121, 121-A, 120-B IPC and 25/54/59 Arms Act, 3/4/5 Explosive Act, 10/13/17/18/ 18-B/20/38/39/40 Unlawful Prevention Act) has been registered in PS Sadar Jalandhar in this regard.

Further investigations are in progress and the Punjab Police is working closely with J&K Police to unravel the entire conspiracy and network built by these outfits/individuals in Punjab and J&K, said the DGP. 

The DGP said the busting of the terror module belonging to AGH, and the recovery of weapons in Jalandhar, was indicative of efforts by Pakistan’s ISI to expand the arc of militancy on India’s western border.

Gazi Ahmad Malik, R/o Shopian, J&K, was recently picked-up by Punjab Police from Banur, Patiala, (where he was studying in Aryans Group Polytechnic College). It was learnt that Gazi was closely related to Adil Bashir Sheikh, a J&K Police SPO who had fled with 7 Rifles from the residence of PDP MLA house in Srinagar and was suspected to have joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a militant group. He was later handed over to the J&K Police for further investigations.

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