Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police Monday said that a resident of UP, Sandeep Kumar Sharma was part of a Lashkar-e-Tayiba (LeT) module in Kashmir and he has been arrested.
The Inspector General of Police, J&K, Munir Khan said in a press conference that they have arrested Sandeep from Muzzafarnagar, UP and he is currently being questioned.
Police said that Sundeep was with LeT militant Bashir Lashkari during an encounter in which Bashir was killed.
“Sandeep was staying with Bashir in the same house,” he said.
The IGP further added that the Lashkar militants took the help of Sandeep to loot ATMs. He also said that they allegedly indulged in immoral activities in the villages.
Sandeep arrived in Kashmir in the month of January 2017. He came to the state to loot ATMs taking advantage of the situation in Kashmir. Sandeep who went by the alias Adil got away for long as the suspicion never fell on him owing to the fact that he was a non-local.
“Over a period of time, Sandeep became a hardened militant. He was also involved in three terror attacks along with the Lashkar. He was also involved in cases of weapon snatching,” the IGP said.
“In pursuance of the criminal conspiracy, which Sandeep started sometime in January 2017 had some of his associates (valley based) came from Patiala to Kashmir for carrying out criminal activities. Consequently, the group stayed at Wanpoh and soon got involved in different kinds of robberies including ATM looting in South Kashmir. In these crimes, they worked in conjunction with LeT in South Kashmir,” he added.
Sandeep alongwith some other associates were arrested at PP Mir Bazar in a robbery case sometime in March 2017 and remained in judicial custody until bailed out.
“Consequently, he joined Bashir Lashker of LeT and worked as key aid. He was present in the house at Brinty Dialgam where the encounter took place on 01.07.2017 leading to the elimination of Bashir Ahmad Wani @ Lashkar @ Ukasha and Abu Maaz of Pakistan,” police said.
“The subject used his old acquaintances and came in touch with a family at Brinty Dialgam. With the active pursuance of his associates he became part of the Over Ground worker for LeT. During the encounter, he was rescued alongwith other members of the family by the Police,” police said.