Srinagar: Police have arrested a Kashmir University (KU) student last Sunday in an alleged militancy-related case. Police said the student was involved in the storing of arms and ammunition that were recently recovered from a house in Bandipora in which five Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed.
KU Proctor Naseer Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that he received some “communication from outside” about a particular student.
“I was asked whether he was a regular student at the varsity, to which I responded in the affirmative,” Iqbal said. “But when I intended to meet the student, he was not present in the department.”
Sources said that the arrested student, Rayees Ahmad Baba, 28, studies in fourth semester at KU in the Department of Arabic Baba is a native of Asham area of Bandipora district and lived at a rented place in Lal Bazaar area.
“We had just started classes of our fourth semester when we heard that Rayees has been arrested,” a classmate of Baba told Kashmir Reader.
A family member of Baba told this newspaper that they heard from “news reports” that their son was arrested. “We had no information where was he was till Wednesday when someone told my father he is in police station Hajin,” Baba’s elder brother said.
On Thursday, the family said they were told at Police Station Hajin that their son is under police remand for 10 days.
A police official from police station Hajin confirmed, “Rayees has been arrested and is under lawful detention after police got remand from a judicial magistrate.”
“It is a sensitive case and no more information can be made available,” the official insisted.
The brother of Baba said, “We were told that Rayees was arrested last Sunday from Shopian. His cell remained switched off for some time and we had no idea of the reason behind his arrest.”
Sources said that Rayees was wanted in FIR 78/2017 in police station Hajin.
A top police officer posted in the district said that Baba was involved in an arms and ammunition case. “We recovered arms in a Chandergaer area recently and the guy was involved in the case,” said SSP Bandipora, Sheikh Zulfiqar.
Police had said that acting on a tip-off, the SIT Srinagar, local police, army’s 13 RR and 45 BN CRPF recovered an AK-47, Mag 05, AK-47 Rds 42, Ubgl 01 ,Ubgl, Grds 04, GPS 01 and wireless set O2 in a nylon bag in a cowshed which belonged to Abdul Rehman Parray, son of Mohammad Anwar Parray, of Chandergeer in Bandipora.
Six Lashkar-e-Toiba militants were killed last month in the house of the person from where the arms were recovered.