Delhi police arrest ‘absconding militant’ from Srinagar

Delhi police arrest ‘absconding militant’ from Srinagar
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Fayaz Lone had been acquitted in 2013, but convicted later by Delhi High Court

New Delhi: The special cell of Delhi Police has arrested a man, convicted by Delhi High Court in a militancy case, from Srinagar. The man had earlier been acquitted by a trial court in the case, but since his conviction by High Court in 2014 had been absconding, officials said.
Faiyaz Ahmad Lone, a resident of Kupwara, had been evading arrest since 2015 and was carrying a reward of Rs two lakh, officials said.
In February 4, 2007, Delhi Police arrested four alleged militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad after a brief encounter at Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg in Delhi.
They were identified as Shahid Gafoor, resident of Pakistan, Bashir Ahmed Ponnu, Fayaz Ahmed Lone and Abdul Majeed Baba, residents of Jammu and Kashmir, a senior police officer said.
Three kilograms of explosive, four non-electric detonators, one timer, six hand grenades, one pistol, one magazine with two live cartridges, Rs 50,000 and fake 10,000 US dollars were recovered from their possession, they said.
During the trial on August 7, 2013, Gafoor was convicted while Ponnu, Lone and Baba were acquitted.
However, they were later convicted by the Delhi High Court but they did not appear before the court and were evading their arrest sine then.
Thereafter, non-bailable warrants were issued against them several times since 2014, they said, adding they were convicted for their involvement in “anti-national” and “terrorist activities”.
Later, a reward of Rs 2 lakh was declared on the arrest of each of the absconding accused persons, police said.
According to Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), a team of Delhi Police was sent to J&K to trace Ponnu, Lone and Baba.
They arrested Lone on March 25 from the area of Kothi Bagh in Srinagar and he was brought to Delhi.
They said that Lone had started his own shop of electronic items in Kupwara in 2000.
Later, he wound up his business in 2004 and started shawl business at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, along with his uncle, Yadav said.
He came in contact with Altaf Ahmed Kirmani, a resident of Sopore, Baramulla, in 2005 who was a member of JeM, he said.
He lured Lone to become a member of JeM to earn easy money. Lone started working for the organisation and became an active member of JeM, the DCP added. – —PTI