Baramulla: Army on Sunday claimed that it arrested a militant associated with Pakistan-based outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in this north Kashmir district.
Addressing a press conference here, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the army’s 19 Infantry Division Baramulla, J S Nain, said army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police launched a search operation in the forest area of old Baramulla town.
“A top JeM commander Abdul Rehman Khan, son of Mohammad Sadiq Khan of Pollas village in district Poonch, Pakistan, was arrested,” he said.
He said the militant was planning to establish the base of Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit for “furthering its activities in north Kashmir”.
The militant, he said, was operating in and around Baramulla.
“He was trying to recruit a fidayeen module in the region,” he said.
The officer claimed that some important documents and arms were also recovered from his possession.
“We believe he will accept some more things in investigation,” he said. “An Aadhar card was also recovered from his possession. We are trying to find who provided it to him and if it is original or fake. If it is original, then it is matter of concern.”
According to the officer, the militant has spent his first two months in forests and has visited Baramulla at least seven times.
“As you know, there is disturbance in south Kashmir. This militant was trying to carry out some fidayeen attacks in north Kashmir to disturb peace. It is the first time that militants have tried to plan such kind of attacks in north Kashmir, but failed.” GOC said.
Army has reports that there are two more JeM militants in the area and some over-ground workers are supporting them, he said.
“We are trying to locate them all and very soon we will arrest or kill them,” he said.