Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested a Lashkar-e-Toiba (leT) militant in north Kashmir’s district Bandipora.
“Acting on a specific input about the presence of militants in Aloosa area of Bandipora, joint parties of Police Bandipora, 26 Assam Rifles and 3rd Bn CRPF laid a joint naka at Aloosa,” J-K Police in a press release said.
Police said that a suspicious individual was seen approaching the naka and on being challenged by the joint parties, the individual tried to flee into the nearby orchards.
“He was chased by the joint party and tactfully apprehended,” Police said.
Police identified the accused as Danish Ahmed Shah aka Haris of Ellahipora, Aloosa area of district Bandipora.
“On carrying out the personal search of the individual, one Chinese pistol and one grenade was recovered from his possession,” Police said.
Police said that during initial questioning, the accused disclosed that he was working at the behest of LeT Handlers Samama aka Ali and Hilal Malik (A/P Pakistan) and the said arms and ammunition had been provided to him through Laskar conduits.
“The individual had been recruited as a hybrid militant by eliminated Lashkar militant Ashiq War and after the death of Ashiq in 2019 was subsequently handled by militant Fayaz War,” Police said.
Police said that the individual was currently arranging travel documents to travel to Pakistan for seeking specialised arms and ammunition training.
“The individual is also suspected to be involved in assisting the recent attacks in Bandipora and it’s is currently a matter of investigation,” Police said.
Police said that a case under the relevant provisions of law has been registered in Police Station Bandipora and further investigation is underway.