Wife, studying LLM at University of Kashmir, arrested & booked in terror case
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
JAMMU: Hidayatullah Malik of Sharathpora, Shopian, whose dramatic arrest took place at a shopping mall in Kunjwani, on the outskirts of the winter capital on Saturday, February 6, has revealed during sustained interrogation that he did reconnoitre the office and the residence of the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi as also some forward areas close to the International Border in Jammu’s Samba sector.
According to the sources privy to his sustained questioning by the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu District Police, Hidayatullah has revealed that he was indoctrinated into militancy when he was doing B Sc Nursing in Kerala in 2017-18.
Hidayatullah has revealed that he joined Hizbul Mujahideen on July 31, 2019 as an over-ground worker but subsequently in February 2020 he shifted to JeM. In August 2020, under instructions from Pakistan, he floated LeM as a front for JeM. He has mentioned over a dozen of his close contacts, including his wife, as his “associates and facilitators” in planning and execution of subversive activities and all of them were being called for questioning.
If found involved in criminal acts, they too would be arrested and booked in case FIR number 15/2021 under Section 18 and 20 UAP Act in which Hidayatullah has been booked at Police Station Gangyal.
Sources said that Hidayatullah’s wife, Seeba, a resident of his Shopian area in South Kashmir and doing LLM with the University of Kashmir, has been arrested from her sister’s residence at Ustad Mohalla of Jammu and subjected to a sustained questioning by a team of the lady Police.
“We have found her involved in her husband’s subversive activities as a facilitator and accordingly booked her in a criminal case”, IGP Jammu Mukesh Singh told STATE TIMES. According to him, Hidayatullah operated as chief of ‘Lashkar-e-Mustafa, (LeM), a front for Masood Azhar’s terror outfit ‘Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen.
His IR says that Hidayatullah, with three JeM gunmen, namely Irfan Thokar, Umar Mushtaq and Rayees Mustafa, ambushed the Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s cash van, JK01P-3839, near Tak Masjid in the Shopian township when it was on way to the main branch to deliver a cash consignment on November 5, 2020.
The terror group looted cash worth over Rs 60 lakhs and reached its hideout in Shopian successfully. In January 2021, Hidayatullah moved to Jammu where he managed to hide in Bhathindi area for 2-3 weeks. He has revealed that he received some top ranking JeM terrorists from Pakistan and also sent one of such commanders back to that country.
With JeM’s Pakistani commander Waleed Bhai, Hidayatullah on May 28, 2020, got 60 kg of explosives planted in a Hyundai Santro car for a Lethapora-type blast in Pulwama. However, it was signalled to halt near a security forces camp. The terrorists in the car jumped out and managed to escape amid firing from the security forces. The car was seized and the explosives were successfully detonated by the bomb disposal squad.
In the most sensational disclosure, Hidayatullah has narrated how he conducted a reconnaissance survey of the NSA Doval’s residence and office at Sardar Patel Bhawan in New Delhi and other high-value targets on the instructions of his Pakistan-based handler. He has revealed that on May 24, 2019, he boarded a Delhi-bound Indigo flight at the Srinagar airport. In Delhi, he recorded a video of the NSA’s office, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security detail there, and passed it on through WhatsApp to his Pakistan-based handler “Doctor”.
Hidayatullah returned to Srinagar by bus. He also admitted to have conducted reconnaissance of the Samba Sector border in Jammu in the summer of 2019, along with another terror facilitator, Sameer Ahmad Dar, who was arrested on January 21, 2020 for his involvement with the Lethapora terror attack in which 40 CRPF men were killed. Two of Hidayatullah’s contacts have reportedly died in two separate encounters in Shopian and Sopore.
The LeM chief has also disclosed names, code names, and phone numbers of 10 of his contacts in Pakistan, including his handler. The J&K Police have passed the details to the security agencies who have accordingly reviewed surveillance and security of a number of the terrorists’ potential targets including the NSA’s office and residence.