Kashmiri woman arrested for luring youths into militancy through Facebook

Kashmiri woman arrested for luring youths into militancy through Facebook
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Srinagar: In a first-of-its-kind case, a woman has been arrested by security agencies in Kashmir for allegedly luring youths through Facebook into militancy, especially into the Jaish-e-Mohammed, officials said Sunday.
Identified as Shazia from Naidkhai in Sumbal area of Bandipore, the woman was picked up after intelligence agencies zeroed in on her Facebook profile, through which she was allegedly “luring youths for jihad and picking up weapons”, officials said.
During interrogation it was found that she had handed over some ammunition and magazines to two youths from Anantnag, one of whom has been picked up.
Shazia, who is in her early 30s and is a mother of two, had been on the radar of security agencies for quite some time. She would seek favours from senior officers promising them help in getting some militants arrested.
A video featuring Shazia had surfaced on Facebook a few months ago, and it was alleged that she was a police informer. On the basis of a complaint filed by her, two youths were picked up and later let off with a warning.
“It seems that she was being used by terror groups to extract information from police and other security agencies and pass it on to the militants,” an officer privy to the case said on condition of anonymity.
She has not been forthcoming in her interrogation so far other than dropping names of militant commanders, officials said.
Shazia’s arrest comes a week after police nabbed 28-year-old Aysia Jan for carrying 20 grenades at Lawaypora on Srinagar outskirts following inputs about militants trying to smuggle arms and ammunition into the city.
Besides grenades, police also recovered ammunition from her possession.
Her two brothers were detained in connection with the case.