Driver ‘who ferried Hizb militants’ surrenders: BSF

Driver ‘who ferried Hizb militants’ surrenders: BSF

A resident of Pulwama district who allegedly ferried two Hizb ul Mujahideen militants before a shootout on November 25 surrendered on Saturday, Border Security Force said in a statement.

A BSF spokesman said: "He was wanted in connection with theencounter which took place in village Drabgam, Pulwama, on November 25 in whichtwo militants – Irfan Ahmed Sheikh and Irfan Ahmed Rather – were killed. He wasdriving the vehicle which the militants used."

The BSF identified the man as Muzaffar Ahmed Wani, 34, aresident of Achan, Pulwama, saying he surrendered before the IG BSF inSrinagar.

The spokesman said Wani was an associate of Hizb.

He said that Wani was earlier an Over Ground Worker (OGW) ofLashkar-e-Toiba and was arrested in 2010. "He was detained in Kathua jail foreight months. After about two months, he was re-arrested for the same case andlodged in Mattan jail for another eight to 10 months," the spokesman said. "Hewas also taken into custody during the 2016 agitation."

Wani has his mother, wife, a six-year-old son and afour-year-old daughter in his family, officials said.

"After completing the requisite formalities, he was handedover to In-charge Police Station Pulwama this afternoon for further necessaryaction as per laid down procedures," the BSF spokesman said.

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