Sopore: The police claim to have arrested a militant from Seer village of Sopore in north Kashmir on Thursday.
“Today a naka by a joint team of Police Sopore, 52 RR and 177 CRPF Bn was established at Seer Amargarh Road near Railway Crossing,” a police statement issued here said.
During checking, a suspected person tried to flee to a nearby orchard. In a swift action, the joint team managed to apprehend the suspected person, the statement said.
During the investigation, police identified the arrested person as Ishfaq Ahmad Kanna, son of Mohammad Shafi Kanna, resident of Jamia-Qadeem, Sopore district, Baramulla.
Ishfaq had recently joined the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the statement said, adding that he was part of an LeT module in north Kashmir.
“[One] Pistol with 2 Magazines and 5 Rounds and 2 UBGL Grenades were recovered from the arrested youth,” the statement said.
The statement further said, “Before joining LeT outfit, Ishfaq worked as an active recruiter/OGW [over-ground worker] for LeT outfit in Sopore and other areas of North Kashmir.”
Ishfaq was involved in a case registered under FIR No. 126/2012 U/S 307 RPC 7/27 A Act, where a grenade was thrown at the Sopore police station.
A case, FIR No. 86/2017 U/S 7/25 A. Act, was registered in Police Station Tarzoo and further investigations taken up.
Meanwhile, superintendent of police Sopore Harmeet Singh told Kashmir Reader that the arrested militant was a new Lashkar recruit and had given them the slip in a recent encounter at Amargarh, Sopore, in which three local LeT militants were killed. “Today we were successful in apprehending him near Amargarh,” Singh said.
He added that the arrested militant had been working as an OGW for the last few years and was involved in a couple of grenade attacks in Sopore in the past.