Pakistani terror suspect held, arms recovered
STATE TIMES NEWS
Jammu: A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was arrested in connection with the recent recovery of an arms consignment dropped by a drone from Pakistan in a village near the International Border here, a senior police officer said on Tuesday.Irfan Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Verinag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, had come to Jammu to allegedly receive the arms consignment which was recovered by police from Sounjana village of Phalian Mandal, about six km from the IB on October 2, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu, Mukesh Singh said.The recovery included an AK assault rifle, three magazines, 30 rounds and one optical sight.A case under various sections of Indian Penal code, Arms Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act was registered at police station Satwari in connection with the recovery.Bhat stands arrested in connection with the case registered at police station Satwari on October 2. He has confessed that he is in touch with handlers across (the border) and is associated with the LeT outfit, the officer said.Drone activities from Pakistan have witnessed an alarming increase over the past one year, posing a major challenge to security forces guarding the borders.
Security forces shot down two drones and recovered a large quantity of payloads including rifles, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), sticky bombs and narcotics at different places over the past one year.The security grid at the border was also intensified after the dropping of two bombs by drones at the Indian Air Force (IAF) station Jammu in June this year.Meanwhile, police have arrested a 40-year-old Pakistani national, who allegedly has ISI links and is involved in a plot to carry out a terror attack here, from east Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar area and seized arms and ammunition from his possession, officials said.Mohammad Ashraf alias Ali, a resident of Pakistan’s Punjab province, came to India via Bangladesh and had been staying in the country for 10 years after obtaining Indian identity cards through forged documents, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha said.He was posing as a ‘maulana’ (religious preacher) and was arrested on Monday night, the DCP said.Ashraf was recruited by the Pakistani spy agency ISI directly after he completed his schooling and was trained for six months, he added.Officials said Ashraf was in contact with an ISI handler whom he identified as Nasir and was supposed to get information about the planned terror attack.He has changed five-six locations in a span of 10 years, they said.He never stayed at any specific location for long and to acquire documents, he also got married to a woman here, they said.At his instance, an AK-47 and several other arms and ammunition have been recovered.Ashraf has been arrested under relevant provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Explosives Act and Arms Act, the police said.Police suspect that he is part of a terror module.Further investigations are on including if a lone wolf attack had been planned, they said.
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