Youth who joined LeT held from south Kashmir

Srinagar: 17-year-old Aquib Bashir, who had allegedly joined Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), has been arrested from Shopian district in south Kashmir.

Acting on a tip-off, a joint party of army and police from Khuadpora area of Shopian arrested Aquib last night, a police official said today.

One AK rifle, one magazine and 30 rounds were recovered from the possession of the arrested teenager, he said.

The arrest comes a day after Gazi Fayaz Ahmad Dar, another youth who had joined LeT along with a policeman, was arrested from his house in Shopian.

An AK assault rifle with a magazine and 90 rounds of ammunition were recovered from Dar’s possession, the official said.

Aquib and Dar were among four youths, including a policeman, who reportedly joined LeT group together on January 15 after the cop deserted the force and ran away with four AK assault rifles and some ammunition.

Constable Shakoor Ahmad Parrey, who was posted as Personal Security Officer (PSO) of Sub-Divisional Police Officer Bijbehara, and another youth are still absconding and efforts are on to nab them, the official said.