Baramulla: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested two militants in a joint operation by Army, CRPF who had gone to Pakistan on valid Pakistani visa to obtain arms training there for undertaking militant activities in the valley.
According to police statement that they had obtained their Passports specifically for the said purpose. These militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba were nabbed immediately after returning via Wagah-Attari border before they could formally join the militant ranks here in Kashmir.
Those arrested were identified as Abdul Majeed Bhat son of Habibullah Bhat resident of Mughalpora,Saloora Kreeri ( Passport No R3981036) and Mohammad Ashraf Mir son of Ghulam Ahmad Mir R/O Nilla, Palpora ,Pattan ( Passport No N7084132). However in this regard a case FIR Number 12/2018 under section 13 ULA(P) Act has been registered in Police Station Baramulla and investigation has been taken up.
On questioning the duo revealed that they had undergone militant training in Pakistan along with large number of Pakistani boys and most of them from Balochistan and as young as 10 years old.
The said militant camps are located near Burma Town, Islamabad ,Pakistan and being run by one militant commander operating under code name Hanzala Adanan and Omar. Other militants imparting training to young boys are operating with code names Osama,Naveed and Hataf. The arrested militants have been given Pakistani visas by Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.
It is pertinent to mention that for past couple of years police has unearthed several such modules who lure young boys to Pakistan to get trained and join militancy. In the past several such boys have been arrested and some of them killed in encounters.
On February 4th,2017 two militants namely Azharuddin alias Qazi resident of Natnusa, Kupwara and Sajad Ahmad alias Babar resident of Duroo,Sopore got killed in an encounter in Amargarh,Sopore and both the killed militants had gone to Pakistan on valid visa to obtain terror training and subsequently joined militancy here and got killed.
One Suhaib Farooq Akhoon son of Farooq Ahmad Akhoon resident of Khanpora,Baramulla has also visited Pakistan in August last year and acquired militant training in Lashkar-e-Toiba militant camp and subsequently gone underground,joined militant ranks and is currently active.
One more militant Abdul Rashid Bhat resident of Krankshvan,Sopore was also arrested last year on 17th July by Baramulla police on who had also undergone training in Pakistan under similar circumstances.